Kevin Smith is working on getting himself back up on the big screen. Smith, creator and director of a series of interconnected movies including Clerks and Mallrats, is working on a second Jay and Silent Bob movie with the support of Miramax.
Smith announced the news late last week in an Instagram post — a screenshot of his desktop with the cover page of the new script front and center. Does he have any more pages than that one? Doesn’t look like it from the scroll bar! But, his post does say that Miramax (also under the Disney umbrella, incredibly) is on board, so things look good for the loiterers extraordinaire. It also looks like there’s some script-looking stuff in the window under the title page, so he’s got something.
Jay and Silent Bob debuted in Clerks as two stoners dealing weed outside the video store. Played by Jason Mewes and Smith himself, the two eventually got their own movie in 2001’s Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. Mewes will be back as Jay, and the rest can be figured out from there.
In the Instagram post, Smith made mention of more Clerks and Mallrats. Clerks III sounds like it won’t be happening, with one of the four leads (Smith doesn’t specify) not agreeing to return. A Mallrats sequel later became a possible series, but Smith hasn’t found any network takers. It also doesn’t help that Smith owns none of his titles outside of Jay and Silent Bob.
The new movie has the working title of Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, and for all we know, that could end up being the final title — that’s about as much subtlety as we’d expect from Jay. Smith says the movie will poke fun at reboot-heavy Hollywood, a gold rush that Smith is finally getting in on. Funny enough, it’s also a sign that times don’t change as much as we think — much of Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back dealt with ridiculous Hollywood sequels, too.