Kevin Smith has left Clerks 3 on the back burner for quite a while, and now fans are finally learning why. Smith announced the film wasn't happening for the foreseeable future, but that's mostly because one of the film's four main actors isn't willing to return at the moment (via Slashfilm)
“One of the four main characters did not want to be involved. It quickly spiraled out of control in a big, bad way, and wound up not happening and probably could never happen after the stream of events that hit a wall, and sometimes that’s a wall you can’t get over…So, yeah, sadly, that gets put to the side.”
Smith didn't leave folks in suspense too long about who wasn't willing to return, it's Jeff Anderson. Smith said Anderson's role is particularly important for the script this time around, as the film is to be centered around his character:
“I want it so badly but I can’t do it without him, it was written for him. But the Randal part is the whole movie, like it’s Randal’s flick. So unless he changes his mind — if and when he changes his mind, I doubt that’ll happen — then we can kind of move forward. I could never recast it, he is Randal, Jeff Anderson.”
It's definitely good to see Smith is willing to let the franchise die as opposed to recasting the role of Randal. After all, as much as the world would like to see another Clerks film, I don't think any of us need it so badly it needs to move forward without the original cast, right?