When Kevin Smith reported that the Weinsteins had said nay to financing his proposed budget of $6 million for Clerks 3 earlier this year, it seemed that a resurrection of the cult film had been officially canned. Fortunately for Smith fans, the box office bombing of his last effort Tusk had a nice silver lining that’ll be sure to put the indecency back in filmmaking, the porn spread back in our faces, the smell of shoe polish back in our noses.. the cigarettes back in the hands of 4 year old girls… ok, you get the point.

Here are the words straight from Silent Bob’s mouth:

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.”