– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Jay and Silent Bob are finally returning to the big screen after over a decade hiatus, last appearing in Clerks II in 2006. Jay and Silent Bob are, of course, the dynamic duo created by Kevin Smith, who also plays Silent Bob, appearing in most of his movies since his very first film, Clerks, in 1994. Since Clerks, the pair have popped up in Mallrats, Chasing Amy, and Dogma, culminating an Avengers-type film that brought Smith’s entire View Askewniverse together in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. The pair have been absent this past decade as Smith tried his hand at more serious fare in Jersey Girl, avoided the pair all together in Zack and Miri Make A Porno, did a studio film in Cop Out, tried horror with Red State, and got just downright bizarre with Tusk and Yoga Hosers.

Now, sixteen years after Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back was released in theaters, Kevin Smith has taken to Twitter to announce that this fall he will be shooting the sequel (not reboot), titled Jay and Silent Bob Reboot. As Smith said back in February:

“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!”

Smith has discussed the project for a while now, both on his Twitter account and across his many podcasts. But, Smith discusses a lot of projects that haven’t happened, including Clerks III and a sequel to Mallrats. Smith has sounded more serious about and more sure of Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, and now that he has a production start date means this project may finally be coming to fruition.

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Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back may be a confusing film, due to nearly all of Smith’s characters making cameos, leading to Ben Affleck and Jason Lee playing multiple characters in the same film, but it is incredibly rewarding if you have seen all the other View Askew films since Clerks. It is one of my favorite comedies and the ultimate stoner film, due to the fact the film is a live-action cartoon at its heart, that was meta before meta was so overly commonplace.

No word yet on who will star in the film alongside Jason Mewes (Jay) and Smith, but with the smaller budgets Smith has been focusing on, I wouldn’t expect the return of actors like Ben Affleck and Will Ferrell, even with Smith’s promise of an “all-star cast of cameos.”

Are you excited for Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, keeping in mind it isn’t actually a reboot at all? Or do you hate those skeevy stoners? Let us know in the comment section below!

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SOURCE: Kevin Smith

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.