Originally planned to premiere at Sundance, the now TIFF bound feature film “Shooting Clerks” trailer has officially been released.
With Clerks 3 just around the corner, the film has picked up a lot of momentum, starring many of the original cast, and special guests Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes , Brian O’Halloran, Marilyn Ghigliotti, Scott Mosier Walter Flanagan, Ming Chen, Mike Zapcic, Scott Schiaffo, and Ernest O’Donnell.
“I know a lot of fans are going to see this trailer and criticise our work. And they have every right. Clerks’ fans are a particular set, and I know, because I am one. But all I can say is the majority of the original cast signed on for this film. They gave it their stamp of approval, and hopefully you will too.”- Felix Kay, Producer & Production Manager.
The team, Kay, Downie, and Murray, known as “the SMod Squad” has been working closely with Smith, long time friend and filmmaker Scott Mosier, and other original “Clerks” cast members, to detail the struggles that Smith went through to make his own first film possible.
“We felt this was the logical conclusion, to shoot a feature length biographical film,” Downie, who first saw Smith’s “Dogma” after buying it used at Blockbuster when he was 13, told TheWrap.com “The story of how Kevin became a filmmaker is one that I’ve been fascinated by for years and I always saw it as a movie. I was just fed up waiting for someone to make it.”
Smith has officially endorsed the project, and agreed to provide narration for the film, as well as play a small role as Canadian reporter Larkin Eve – anagram of Real Kevin.
Smith plans on shooting “Clerks III” in 2015, along with the just announced “Mallrats sequel” set sometime after that.
Though the official launch was going to be Sundance, with Smiths busy schedule (Clerks 3, and the announcement of Mallrats 2) they had to push back the date, now looking at premiering the film at the Toronto Film Festival this year (TIFF 2015).