Kevin Smith fans united in a victory screech on Friday, December 7 when it was announced, via Smith’s Twitter, that Hit Somebody, his often talked about historical hockey drama, would be released as a six-part miniseries. But, what was just as exciting was the announcement that Smith’s final film would be Clerks III. Who wouldn’t be excited?
@ThatKevinSmith Since HIT SOMEBODY is now gonna be a mini-series, yes – that leaves room for a new final flick before I retire from directing feature films.
@ThatKevinSmith 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
Although many details about Clerks III are not known at this time, Scott Mosier, producer on many of Smith’s films, has confirmed, via Twitter, that he is on board for this final installment in the Clerks trilogy. Also, from the little information we have to go on right now, it looks like it is safe to say that Jason Mewes and Brian O’Halloran will be back as well. Finally, on the point of actual material written:
As for Hit Somebody, the project was originally slatted to be a two-part hockey epic. Seen as possibly his best script to date, the film was to follow the career of a hockey player between 1950 and 1980. But, as time went on, Smith realized that his little film about hockey grew into an epic that may be too overwhelming in scope and size. While feeling down about the film, it was suggested to him by his best friend, Jason Mewes, that the film should be a miniseries. And that’s what he did, selling the idea of Hit Somebody to a network. The network plans to announce the project soon. (I believe it will be either AMC or Showtime, but we’ll see.)
As of right now, those are some of the basic facts for both Hit Somebody and Clerks III that we know right now. When more information surfaces, I’ll do my best to spread the word. I attempted to contact Kevin Smith himself for this article, but I wasn’t successful.
For more information, tune into the newest episode of Kevin Smith’s podcast Jay and Silent Bob Get Old for an explanation of events in Smith’s own words.
More to come soon…