INTERVIEW WITH KEVIN SMITH:
Whats going on with the Green Hornet script? Have you finished it?
Oh God. Youre one of those people like my f***ing wife (laughing), like f***ing Harvey Weinstein. Everybodys, Did you finish the Green Hornet script? I will finish the Green Hornet script by November 1st. Right now its just f***ing vexing me. And everybody keeps asking me about it.
How far along are you?
Im 100 pages in. And my wife was just like, Well, great. So that means 20 pages until you are done. Im like, I dont think so. I think theres another 100 pages left to tell the story.
100 more pages?
Yeah. The first drafts going to be thick. Its going to be real thick, unfortunately. You just write and let the characters take you where youre going to go. And it hasnt taken me anywhere near the f***ing conclusion, which is frustrating but at the same time its good.
I was kind of wigged about it and I spoke to Quentin [Tarantino] about it. I went to see Shaun of the Dead up at Quentins house and I said, Dude, Im so like f***ing out of my skull about the Green Hornet. I dont know why its taken me so long and I dont know if I can do this kind of s**t. Im kind of thinking that maybe Im not cut out for this at all. He was like, Just think about it like youre writing a comic book miniseries. Just pretend that DC hired you to write the Green Hornet and youve got to turn in a comic book miniseries. I was like, Yeah, but its too long. He said, Theres no such thing. Thats never a problem. If a script is too long, you can hack it down. The problem is when a scripts too short.
Like a "Kill Bill" situation
Thats what I said. Dude, we cant all cut a film into two volumes. He said, But you know what I mean. It doesnt matter how long it is. Itll be shaped into whatever the movie is. So that was helpful. And then I went home and wrote another 50 pages so I felt pretty good.
What about the rumors of your involvement in a Star Wars TV series?
I read those as well. Its so weird, isnt it? I thought it was weird.
Youre not going to do it? Or youre not going to talk about?
(Smiling) Ive got nothing to say, really.
Would it interest you?
Sure. Who wouldnt want to run a Star Wars TV show?
I read youd like to do a follow-up of Dogma but it will never happen. Whats keeping you from doing that?
Yes. God, you read that s**t? I dont think anyone would ever finance it.
Even if Miramax separates from Disney?
Maybe in that instance. But even then, it would be more expensive than the first one. It would have to go up because its a sequel, and I dont know. It would take me a little while to put it together. Right now its just not anything Im thinking about.
Why did you decide to do a sequel to Clerks?
I just felt like I wanted to. The boys - Brian OHalloran, Jeff Anderson, Jason Mewes, and myself are all coming back. We were working on the Clerks X DVD and I just kind of fell in love with the movie again and felt like, You know, Id really like to see what happened to these dudes 10 years later. So I started writing it and it just came out. It was also kind of in the wake of Jersey Girl where I just felt like I love Jersey Girl, it was a very sweet movie, but at the same time its the kind of movie that you feel really squeaky clean after making. I just wanted to kind of dive back into the muck for a little while. Get a little dirty.
What happens if the follow-up doesnt satisfy the fans? Clerks has such a cult following.
I mean for me, thats the thing. If you kind of invest a lot in the reaction of everybody else, you go f***ing crazy. If invested a lot in the reaction of the audience, Id probably open my wrist after Jersey Girl. But for me its like, does it satisfy me? Am I happy with it? I mean right now in the script stage, Im totally happy with it.
You and Richard Kelly did a commentary track for the "Donnie Darko" DVD for the UK. Will you be doing one for the US release?
We did it its just that the US one isnt out yet. When I did it, it was under the understanding that it was for the US release. I think the British release went first. When they release the "Directors Cut" DVD that commentary track will be on it, unless Ive been misinformed.
And one Surviving Christmas-inspired question: can this movie teach us how to love again?
Yeah. It will teach us how to love Ben Affleck again. God willing, it will teach somebody how to love Ben Affleck again. Ben Affleck needs a little love right now (laughing).