Kevin Smith Picks Philadelphia Over Pittsburgh For 'Clerks 3'

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Kevin Smith is keeping it closer to his home state of New Jersey to make "Clerks III," the third installment of franchise that launched his 20+ years ago.

Smith named Pittsburgh as one of three locations he was considering to shoot "Clerks III" during a panel discussion at Comi-Con in July 2013, state records indicate the New Jersey-based filmmaker has opted to shoot the movie in Philadelphia instead.

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.

Smith is no stranger to shooting movies in Pittsburgh. He made the 1999 religious satire "Dogma" starring Ben Affleck and Matt Damon here and returned to film the 2008 comedy, "Zack and Miri Make a Porno," which starred Elizabeth Banks and Seth Rogen.

Kevin Smith made the first "Clerks" in 1994, which launched his career and helped gain greater attention for independent film makers.

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