Kevin Smith Talks “Clerks III,” “Helena”

So much for retirement. Filmmaker Kevin Smith has confirmed his plan to give up filmmaking after “Clerks III” has gone out the window. Instead he’s focusing on both that last chapter in the “Askewniverse” along with a new project entitled “Helena Handbag”.

Smith talked about his future plans in a lengthy Facebook post, here is a shortened version:

“[F]rom now until I drop dead, I’m only ever gonna make a flick that only I would/could ever make. ‘Jersey Girl,’ ‘Zack & Miri,’ ‘Cop Out’ – while I love them all, these are movies anybody could make. Like ’em or hate ’em, nobody else but me could’ve (or would’ve) ever made ‘Clerks’. Or ‘Chasing Amy’. Or ‘Dogma’. Or ‘Red State’. Or ‘Clerks II’. Or ‘Mallrats’. Or ‘Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back’.

I let my view askew get standardized for awhile there – so much so that I was happy to walk away from it all for three years and do other s–t. But after conceiving and shooting ‘Tusk’ in less than six months (with the help of a s–t ton of amazing professionals and a budget smaller than that of ‘Red State’), I realized that film isn’t in my blood… MY films are in my blood. And some of ’em are still in there, so I better get ’em out!”

He goes on to say his currently filming horror tale “Tusk” will wrap next month with a couple of bits of filming in Los Angeles. At the same time composer Chris Drake is currently assembling the music. Then “Clerks III” is aiming to shoot this May.

As “Tusk” is an adaptation of an episode of his SModcast, he plans to do the same thing again with a new project he’s dubbing “Helena Handbag”:

“I wanna see if I can do it again. Granted, this time the plot of the movie concerns mankind teaming up with Hell to save existence from extinction at the hands of a Rapturing giant Jesus – which means the budget has to be LOW, because NOBODY’S gonna wanna make that movie. At all. And I know this going in, so I won’t be heartbroken if it never goes beyond the script. But… if the script is funny enough? Who knows?