Recently, Kevin Smith went back to the Angelika Theater in New York to reminisce on the empty screening that launched his career. It’s an incredible story that he shared with me in detail on the event’s 16th anniversary, and it comes amidst the news that he is interest in making Clerks 3. He’s just not interested in making it as a movie.
According to /Film, the director (a career he’ll be retiring from soon) is interested in continuing the story of Randall and Dante, but instead of rolling cameras, he’d rather it be a stage play. He cites seeing “Seminar” on Broadway (which starred Alan Rickman and is currently starring Jeff Goldblum) as one of the main reasons he’s looking to the theatre instead of the theater, but it’s also unclear as to how serious he may be about it.
The question is how serious fans might be about it. A play might be the right medium for Smith’s wordplay, but it would still require him to work with someone who could develop a compelling visual on the set design front. No doubt it could be minimal, but in a world where theater is being invaded by movies (possibly including this), the visual component is still going to matter to a director who isn’t the strongest in that department.