One of the first rules of being a filmmaker is not to care what the critics say. Kevin Smith has been breaking that rule for a long time. Most of his efforts to break away from his View Askewninvers have been failures. He wasn't happy about it, and he was willing to whine about that to everyone on the net. Originally, this was going to result in the upcoming Hit Somebody to be his final film, but now it's announced that he will be making a third Clerks film.
As a side note, Hit Somebody is now going to be made as a mini-series instead of a film.
Smith announced earlier on his twitter feed,
Since HIT SOMEBODY is now gonna be a mini-series, yes – that leaves room for a new final flick before I retire from directing feature films… So with the HIT SOMEBODY shift, the minute Jeff Anderson signs on, my last cinematic effort as a writer/director will be CLERKS III.
Let me be straight: I love Kevin Smith. Clerks, Chasing Amy, and Dogma are three of my favorite films of all time. But he's proven he really can't function beyond his own little raunchy comedy niche. His first shot at a serious film, Red State, was one of the worst films of 2011, and what he produced immediately before that wasn't very watchable either. As such, it's a good idea for Smith to quit before he reaches M. Night Shyamalan levels of public shame. It's also a brilliant decision for him to end on the series that he'll always be known for.