It's been four years since Kevin Smith told the world that Clerks 3 was a go, and that he'd already gotten financing for the movie. While Kevin Smith has directed Yoga Hosers along with a slew of episodes of superhero shows for the CW in the time since the announcement was made, Clerks 3 has never come together, and this weekend at a Q&A for the Fatman on Batman podcast, Kevin Smith explained more about why it hasn't ever happened. According to the director, one of the cast members simply didn't want to do it. He said:
"There was going to be, I wrote it and I wanted to do it, but one of the cast didn't want to do it and without that person we can't make it, so no. So I might publish it as a comic book script instead."
Kevin Smith had previously revealed that Jeff Anderson, who played Randal Graves in both Clerks and Clerks 2, was the holdout in regards to making Clerks 3, but this time he elaborated a bit more, explaining it wouldn't be the same movie without Randal. It's also interesting that Kevin Smith is now talking about turning the premise of the movie into a comic book script. Doubtless, fans of Smith would prefer the big screen endeavor, but a comic book script release is better than nothing, especially since a script for the project has already been written and should be shared with the universe.
Jeff Anderson hasn't done a ton of acting work of late. The last big project he was in was Zack and Miri Make A Porno, which hit theaters back in 2008. Reportedly he's filming something called NASA Seals, so he's still acting at least a little, but he reportedly backed out of Clerks 3after the movie already had an $8 million budget and was set to move forward. Kevin Smith has also that once Randal was no longer a part of the movie, but that "it's Randal's flick" and it would be impossible to make the movie without the character.