June 18, 2024

Kevin Smith Announces “Jay & Silent Bob” Sequel

Writer Director Kevin Smith has announced that he is writing a sequel to his 2001 comedy Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. Titled Jay and Silent Bob Rebooted, it will be a take on Hollywood’s obsession with reboots and remakes, and the duo are upset that the Bluntman and Chronic film with in the first film is getting remade.

Smith had intentions of returning to his ViewAskewniverse with Clerks III and a Mallrats TV series (which we spoke with Clerks and Mallrats star Brian O’Halloran about  recently). There have been a few snags, however. One of the four principal cast members of Clerks III pulled out (we’re going to assume that it’s Ros with recently). There have been a Rosario Dawson, as she is now  in deep in Netflix’s Marvel Universe), and he has yet to find a home for Mallrats.

Smith has been very busy as of late. His Comic Book Men TV series on AMC has been doing well, plus he had two films relatively recently, Tusk and Yoga Hosers, not to mention his TV directing gigs on the CW DC series The Flash and Supergirl, and ABC’s The Goldbergs. 

Jay and Silent Bob Rebooted is scheduled to start filming this summer, and like the first film, Smith promises a handful of celebrity appearances (though we tend to think Ben Affleck is a bit too busy these days).

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This is not a drill! This is an actual image from my laptop! Yes, Kids – @jayandsilentbob are coming back! Here’s the story: Sadly, Clerks III can’t happen (one of our four leads opted out of the flick). So I worked on a #Mallrats movie instead… which also didn’t happen because it turned into a#Mallrats series. I’ve pitched said sequel series to 6 different networks only to find no takers thus far. Mind you, I’m not complaining: nobody gets to make EVERYTHING they wanna make in this business (do they?). And I’ve been lucky to make anything at all, there’s so much competition out there, so many much cooler ideas from fresh folks. And besides: I had #comicbookmen and then@tuskthemovie and @yogahosers (which all came together so crazy quickly), and the podcasts and#fatmanonbatman. With all of that, how could I bitch about no Clerks III or Mallrats 2? Then when I started directing @thecw shows, it was such a slice of Heaven on Earth, I happily put my Askewniverse sequels to the side. Since I sold #Clerks and #Mallrats years ago, they’re owned by others, which limits my moves with my own material. I don’t mind: back in the day, all I ever wanted to do was sell my stuff so I could be in the movie biz in the first place. So I don’t own Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy or #Dogma… But I DO own #jayandsilentbob. So while I love playing with someone else’s new toys on @cwtheflash and @Supergirl, I’m getting eager to play with my old toys again in the inter-connected View Askewniverse I spent the first half of my career creating. And so all last month, I had the time of my life laughing while writing “Jay and Silent Bob Reboot” – a fun flick in which the Jersey boys have to go back to Hollywood to stop a brand new reboot of the old “Bluntman & Chronic Movie” they hated so much. It’s a tongue-in-cheek, silly-ass satire that pokes fun at the movie business’s recent re-do obsession, featuring an all-star cast of cameos and familiar faces! And I already met with the good folks at Miramax and they’re into it, so I’m hoping we’ll be shooting in the summer! Never give up, kids. You CAN do anything you want in life, so long as you’re patient and malleable. #KevinSmith

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