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.
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
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.