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'Clerks 2'

Kevin Smith confirms ''Clerks 2'' rumor -- The director explains why a sequel to the 1994 indie landmark is now necessary

Upon the 2001 release of Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Clerks director Kevin Smith proclaimed he was all but through with his geek-beloved Askewniverse. But to his troubled pal Jason Mewes, Silent Bob (a.k.a. Smith) made a different pledge: Kick drugs and Jay will play once more. ''He's been sober for a year and a half,'' says Smith. ''I've got a promise to keep.'' Hence, The Passion of the Clerks, due next year. The sequel to Smith's 1994 indie landmark comes in the wake of his ill-fated PG-13 departure, Jersey Girl. ''I feel compelled to continue doing what I got into film to do: talky movies with low budgets about stuff that interests me. The response to Jersey Girl made it easier to do sooner rather than later.'' Clerks 2 will pick up the story of Dante (Brian O'Halloran), Randal (Jeff Anderson), and strip-mall lurkers Jay and Silent Bob 10 years later. Despite the spoofy Passion title, Smith promises down-and-dirty yuks without the scourging. ''It's been done,'' he quips.

Originally posted Sep 24, 2004 Published in issue #785 Sep 24, 2004 Order article reprints
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