Time to polish up the bong and put on some “Jungle Love”, because Jay and Silent Bob are headed back to the big screen. Kevin Smith has announced via Instagram that he is working on a sequel to 2001’s Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back that’s currently eloquently entitled, Jay and Silent Bob Reboot.
The writer/director had put aside his View Askewniverse (which includes films like Chasing Amy, Mallrats, Clerks, and Dogma) for his True North trilogy (Tusk, Yoga Hosers, and the as-yet-unreleased Moose Jaws). But over the last two years, he’s tried to return to the world of Jay (Jason Mewes) and Silent Bob (Smith) with a third Clerks film and a Mallrats sequel TV series.
However, Smith has now revealed that Clerks III has been canceled due to the loss of a lead actor, and six networks have passed on the Mallrats show. Still, working with the Askewniverse characters revitalized his interest in the stories that launched his career. While he doesn’t own the rights to Clerks or Mallrats, the stoner duo of Jay and Silent Bob are his intellectual property, so he began working on Reboot.
Smith describes the film as “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!” He says his pitch was well-received by Miramax and he hopes to start filming this summer.
Of course, fans might want to take Smith’s optimism with a grain of salt. After all, he sounded confident about Clerks III and Mallrats, and we’ve seen how those played out. He was also super excited to work on a TV reboot of Buckaroo Bonzai before bowing out in November. And there’s been no word on Moose Jaws for some time. That said, Jay and Bob are his babies and his property, so there should be far less red tape in getting a new movie made.
Read Smith’s complete statement below.
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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