Filmmaker Kevin Smith made his bones with films set and primarily shot in his home state of New Jersey. He even called his first three films – Clerks, Mallrats and Chasing Amy – as his “Jersey Trilogy”, before the number of interconnected films reached six.
So it does come as a bit of a surprise that his forthcoming Clerks III will not be shooting in the environs of Red Bank that Smith has previously used but instead will go into production in the next state over – Pennsylvania. Smith tweeted earlier today –
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) March 12, 2015
As Smith indicates, this is not his first foray into the Keystone State for filming. In addition to partly shooting Jersey Girl in Philadelphia, he also shot a portion of his religious satire Dogma and the entirety of the comedy Jack And Miri Make A Porno in Pittsburgh. (And tangentially, Clerks co-star Brian O’Halloran appeared in a sequence in M. Night Shayalaman’s The Happening shot outside of Philadelphia in Valley Forge.)
The reason for the change in filming locations? Purely economic according to the Pittsburgh Business Times –
The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development has allocated a film tax credit for $2.11 million for the production of Clerks III, which slated to shoot in Philadelphia. On March 9, the Greater Philadelphia Film Office issued a crew call for Clerks III indicating the production is expected to take five weeks and begin shooting in Philly in early June.
While this is exciting news for Smith fans who live in the Philadelphia area (and those of us a short drive away), I dare say that the director is not abandoning New Jersey entirely. If there are some scenes set within the actual iconic Quick Stop, I can guarantee you that he will head back to Red Bank to shoot there. But other than that, let the speculation about what this news could mean begin.