Kevin Smith wants 'Clerks 3' by 2014 for 'Clerks' 20th anniversary

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Kevin Smith wants to strike back in the best way he knows how: "Clerks 3." Though the director had long been planning to end his directing career with the hockey movie "Hit Somebody," the recent decision to turn that film into a six-part miniseries on an unannounced network means that he's looking for a different project to go out on.

That project will be "Clerks 3," the follow-up to his debut feature, "Clerks." With the 20th anniversary of "Clerks" coming up in 2014, Smith says he is trying to get leading man Jeff Anderson on board and get filming underway.

Smith initially revealed the news on Twitter, tweeting, "So with the HIT SOMEBODY shift, the minute Jeff Anderson signs on, my last cinematic effort as a writer/director will be CLERKS III. #TaDa" He later elaborated in a recent interview with Good Day LA.

"Instead of letting people [guess] for years, I said, 'I will do "Clerks 3" and by 2014 is the 20th anniversary we're going to mark it somehow, God willing, with "Clerks 3,"'" Smith says. "We need Jeff Anderson to come back and say yes."

As for whether he'd try to make his last film with the same $27,000 budget he made his first with, Smith says, "I would try that. If Ryan and Jeff and Jason and Scott Mosier and myself could all ... do it for next to nothing, we'll own it and then hopefully sell it, and that's where we'll make our money on the backend, I would happily do it for $27k, $28k."

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