Kevin Smith’s bizarre comedy / horror film Tusk was a financial bomb. On the bright side, it’s the main reason why we’re going to see a Clerks III.
Smith, who recently took to Twitter to say that Tusk was “gasping for air” at the box office, announced today his new movie helped him land the finances to make a third Clerks movie.
SEE THE FLICK that nobody saw last weekend! @tuskthemovie is still gasping for air at a theater near you! #WalrusYes pic.twitter.com/B6UwZzGh3P
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) September 27, 2014
Smith returned to the Smodcast today to talk about Tusk and how it made Clerks 3 possible.
Smith says: Tusk was the absolute bridge to Clerks III. Because of Tusk I got my financing for Clerks III. And honestly, that wouldn’t have happened without Tusk. A year and change ago I was desperately trying to get Clerks III made for the 20th anniversary and that desperation, I must have reeked of it because I couldn’t f*cking find money and shit. But it was Tusk, people going ‘Holy f*ck, what else do you have?’ and I was like ‘Clerks III‘ and they’re like ‘done.’ So, everybody that’s like, ‘he failed, he failed’, I’m like ‘thank you, I failed into Clerks III.”
You can listen to the entire podcast below.
Tusk was a financial failure at the box office. The movie had a budget of about $3.5 million but has only been able to make about half of that back at the box office. The movie has received mixed reviews from critics but who really cares. Whether or not the movie is any good, whether or not it’s a box office hit, it’s responsible for getting Kevin Smith the chance to make Clerks III.
Of course, we’re not sure if we’re really that excited for a third Clerks movie…