You’re nothing in Hollywood unless you have a million and a half dead projects in your wake. Just look at Guillermo del Toro. The man has no less than 75 of them going on at a time, and almost all of them tend to get pushed to the wayside for one reason or another. Writer/director/podcaster/geek Kevin Smith is no exception to this rule. These past few years have been pretty busy for the creative stoner, In a relatively short amount of time, he’s put a couple films (Tusk and Yoga Hosers), developed even more films that include Moose Jaws, Clerks III and Mallrats 2 — the last of which he tried to turn into a series — and that’s not even including his directing work on shows like The Flash and Supergirl. For a stoner, the man sure knows how to stay productive.
In the film business, you pretty much have to stick your irons in a bunch of different coals until something catches (that metaphor doesn’t really follow through, but you get the point). Smith is no exception in this regard, and for those of you who were looking forward to seeing either a Clerks or Mallrats sequel, we come bearing bad tidings. It looks like none of that is happening, as Kevin Smith recently stated in an Instagram update.
Here’s what he had to say:
“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.
“Then when I started directing The CW 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.”
If you were holding out to see these sequels pan out, then that’s a bummer. It looks like both Clerks III film and Mallrats the series are projects that (at least for the time being) we can only dream about. However, if you’re okay to see a View Askewniverse movie in any form, then you may be in luck.
"So I don't own Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy or Dogma... But I DO own Jay and Silent Bob. So while I love playing with someone else's new toys on The Flash 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."
Long story short, it looks like another Jay and Silent Bob film in the vein of the 2001 Strike Back original may be in the cards after all. So long as Smith is able to get funding for the movie, there’s a good shot he’ll be able to make it happen. Say what you will about his recent movies, but Smith tends to have an astute business mentality when it comes to his movies. Yoga Hosers may not have been the critical darling he’d hoped for, but he always seems to be able to make enough back to keep his benefactors happy — which is the most important thing in business. He knows the audience for his movie, and is generally very conscious about keeping that in mind when working with his budgets.
So long as he is able to align the numbers in just the right way for this script, it looks like Jay and Silent Bob Reboot may very well be in our future.
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SOURCE: Kevin Smith