With 'Clerks 3' on the Backburner, Kevin Smith Moves to 'Tusk' Spin-off

Posted 1:43 PM July 8th, 2014 by Binh Ngo
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Kevin Smith says the Weinsteins have passed on Clerks 3, so he's doing a spin-off of his forthcoming horror movie Tusk.

"[The Weinsteins] passed [on Clerks 3]," Smith told Screen Daily (via Variety). "I went in with a $6 million budget and they were like, 'Oh no, Kevin. This is too high.' Bob offered us distribution, but they weren't going to finance it."

It looks like Clerks 3 is not going anywhere unless the Weinsteins have a change in heart (ha!) or until Smith can work something out with them to bring in outside funding, which appears to be the plan right now.

So what will Smith do until then? Despite his imminent retirement, Smith is working on a couple of projects like the horror movie Anti-Claus and Helena Handbag, among others. He is also planning a Tusk spin-off called Yoga Hosers, which will be centered on two minor characters seen in the movie. The spin-off is set to shoot later this year.

"There are two characters in a convenience store in Tusk that you see for five minutes, very much Ronsencrantz and Guildenstern," Smith told Screen Daily. "I've built a whole movie around them and I have brought one of the other characters from Tusk back."

Starring Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez, and Michael Parks, Tusk tells the story of two people heading into the woods to look for their missing friends.

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