UPDATE: Kevin Smith has responded to the mention of a Clerks sequel. His note, via Twitter, is after the break. Original article follows.

Now that the handover of Miramax to new ownership is really going forward, the company is making an interesting move. Miramax announced this morning that it will team with The Weinstein Company — aka the men who founded and then left Miramax — to produce sequels to a handful of Miramax titles.

One of the first announced projects is a sequel to Bad Santa, which Billy Bob Thornton had recently discussed as being a project of interest. Rounders and Shakespeare in Love sequels are also in the works, with more possibly to follow. More info after the break. Read More »

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Billy Bob Thornton‘s directorial career has described an odd path. He broke out in a big way with his feature expansion of Sling Blade (from the short Some Call it a Sling Blade, directed by the late George Hickenlooper) and then went through the Weinstein wringer with All the Pretty Horses. His last film was Daddy & Them in 2001.

In the years since, he’s talked about possible new directorial projects. While promoting The Astronaut Farmer he mentioned wanting to make a documentary and expressed continued interest in making a biopic about Kentucky cave explorer Floyd Collins. (Also the subject of a critically-acclaimed stage musical in 1994.)

Now he says he’s got a script called Jayne Mansfield’s Car that he’d like to direct, and he also expresses lingering interest in a sequel to the vulgar and terrifically funny holiday comedy Bad Santa. Read More »

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