Earlier today, we told you about how a Disney-less Miramax had teamed up with former Miramax owners Bob and Harvey Weinstein to develop sequels based on some of the more successful titles in the Miramax library. One of those titles that was mentioned in the press release was Kevin Smith’s debut Clerks. While it’s hard to believe that the Brothers Weinstein would move forward with a Clerks sequel without Smith’s involvement, they do have the right to do so. After the news broke, Smith took to his twitter to give his two-cents on the subject, as well as some interesting information on the rights of his other titles. On the subject of Clerks, Smith had this to say:
I guess if someone was going to exploit the library for sequels, remakes, tv, I’d rather it be the devil I know. Nice to know there’s a home for ‘Clerks III’ if I ever wanted to make it, but hope it doesn’t become a home for a Clerks-anything if I’m not involved.
Hit the jump for more from Smith, including what would happen if Miramax decided they wanted to make another Jay and Silent Bob film, and some humorous musings on a Jersey Girl sequel.
Smith has always been an ardent proponent of the Weinsteins; especially Harvey, who was the deciding factor in Miramax buying Smith’s indie-flick Clerks, therefore igniting the director’s prolific film career. In fact, Smith’s reverence to Harvey inspired him and producer Jon Gordon to name the production company for their independent film Red State “The Harvey Boys.” Here’s the full text of Smith’s tweet-response to the news:
“Of course. I sold the movie to them in 1994. But I guess if someone was going to exploit the library for sequels, remakes, tv, I’d rather it be the devil I know. Nice to know there’s a home for ‘Clerks III’ if I ever wanted to make it, but hope it doesn’t become a home for a Clerks-anything if I’m not involved. Either way, I doubt my shit is even something they wanna re-do/remake. They own ‘Clerks’, ‘Chasing Amy’, ‘Jersey Girl’ and ‘Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back’. But then it’s further complicated by the Jay & Silent Bob of it all. They don’t own Jay & Silent Bob; I do. They own ‘Strike Back’, but they can’t make any flick that’d include Jay & Silent Bob (even a ‘Strike Back’ sequel) without my permission/license.
The only flick they own free & clear of me with no ties whatsoever, is ‘Jersey Girl’. And from personal experience, there’s little to no interest in a sequel or remake, unless it opens with JLo’s dead Mom busting out of her earthen grave, trampling her only begotten daughter’s copy of a Necronomicon as she eats her brains. If they wanna do THAT ‘Jersey Girl’ sequel, I’m totally in. But honestly, all those flicks are theirs to do with as they will. I can’t (and won’t) complain. At least the Guardians of Ga’Harvey are still in place, looking out for the dopey little (f)art flicks I made so long ago.”