The plan, he says, is to release it chapter by chapter in book format, with the direction of the story being shaped with each new episode by what Smith refers to as “audience interactivity”. He feels this fan interaction is a natural outgrowth of his previous body of work:
I’m a new media artist, and a new media artist involves the audience…that’s something I’ve been doing for nearly 20 years at this point anyway.
And that by releasing the third film in this format, it would give him a lot of room to expand the characters’ origins even further:
[I could] go inside the characters’ heads, tell Year One origin stories where the first chapter is Dante and Randall meeting in kindergarten, all the stuff I can’t do in a movie.
You can check out the full interview with Lisa Kudrow below. Jump to around the 13:00 mark to hear him discuss his Clerks plans.
Okay, Kevin, I understand that this project has been a labor of love for you and close to your heart, and that you want to ensure it’s done right, but pick a format, man. Your fans are waiting. Do you guys feel the same way? Let us know in the comments below, and click Follow to keep up-to-date on any new Clerks 3 news.