Jay and Silent Bob will live again! Last January, director Kevin Smith announced that his hockey movie Hit Somebody was going to be his last feature film as a director, before completely focusing his efforts on running the SModcast Pictures company. Today, the filmmaker has announced that Hit Somebody is actually being turned into a mini-series, and that Clerks III will, in fact, be his last theatrical film. Here are a series of recent tweets that the director sent out about his upcoming projects.
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.— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) December 7, 2012
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— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) December 7, 2012
No story details have been given for Clerks III, but it seems like a natural progression since 1994's Clerks showed Dante (Brian O'Halloran) and Randall (Jeff Anderson) in their 20s, and 2006's Clerks II showed the characters in their 30s. One would surmise that this finale will focus on their lives as 40-year-old men.
As for Hit Somebody, the hockey movie was originally slated to be a single feature film. The project is based on the Warren Zevon song of the same name that centers on a Canadian who dreams of being a pro hockey player, despite lacking the needed skills. Then, in August 2011, the director announced he was splitting the project into a two-part movie, although he revealed in January that it was back to being just one big movie. Now the project has shifted to a six-hour mini-series, although it doesn't seem that the project is set up at a network yet. Nicholas Braun, Kyle Gallner, and Michael Angarano have been attached to star for some time now.