Red State 2 Being Planned by Director Kevin Smith

Director Kevin Smith has plans for further sequels to some of his movies following the release of Clerks 3, with the filmmaker revealing that he is going to make a follow-up to his 2011 horror outing, Red State. While appearing at a screening of Clerks 3 in Austin, Texas (via Slash Film), Smith explained why he has been unable to make Red State 2…until now.

“The good folks at Lionsgate who financed this f—— motion picture [‘Clerks III’], they put out ‘Red State’ on DVD like years ago. And the deal lapsed, and the people that own ‘Red State,’ the two financiers, weren’t from the world of film. One was from the world of fashion, one was a Canadian financier not even in the world of film. So, when Lionsgate reached out about renewing, they got no response back from the copyright holders. I could tell them as much as I wanted till I was blue in the face. Like, ‘No, renew it!’ But I didn’t own it. They did. So it just fell into a spam folder and f—— fell out of circulation.”

But now, following a conversation with Lionsgate, who have worked with Smith on the third Clerks movie, Smith can finally bring Red State 2 to life.

“Because we did this movie [‘Clerks III’], we were talking to go home video. [Lionsgate’s] like, ‘Hey man, how come you guys wouldn’t re-up “Red State” with us?’ And I was like, ‘They still didn’t get back to you?’ [Lionsgate] goes no, we been trying for f—— years. So we put it all back together and s—.”

And it sounds like it did not take long for Smith to jump on board the idea of a sequel to Red State, which finds three teenagers caught in a honey trap. The boys soon find themselves in the hands of Abin Cooper (the late Michael Parks), a lunatic preacher who spews so much hatred that even neo-Nazis stay away and plans to kill the trio for their sins.

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“They were like, if we do this, would you do it again? And I was like, yeah, in a heartbeat. […] I mean, obviously, Michael Parks is gone. But it’s just a story of crazy people with guns and s*** like that. As long as I could use John Goodman again. I could make a hundred f****** Red States. And I’m like, let’s do it. So we’re gonna make one.”

Details of what Red State 2 would involve are currently known only to Smith himself, but no doubt fans are excited to return to the Rapture.

Red State 2 is Not the Only Sequel That Kevin Smith is Planning

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Red State 2 is not the only sequel currently being planned by Kevin Smith, with the filmmaker hoping to helm a follow-up to 2014’s Tusk. Titled Tusks, Smith has even revealed what the sequel would entail saying, “Early on I was always like, Well, eventually, they’ll take them out of that walrus skin and try to rehabilitate them. And just like Harvey Dent in The Dark Knight Returns, he’ll only ever see himself one way. Then he becomes the Howard Howe, Justin Long becomes the crazy guy who’s trying to turn people into something else, Chimera things, half-human and half-whatever. Last time it was walrus, this time…you’ll see.”

Clerks 3 is set to be released on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on December 6, 2022.