Mallrats sequel? Where?
Kevin Smith is nothing if not prolific. He may not have the opportunity to make every single one of his projects available to the mainstream, but he’s always working. For someone who’s exemplified the stoner lifestyle for years, he certainly knows how to work. And while he’s spent the past several years focusing on his podcast, he’s also jumped back into the world of filmmaking. Even more recently, he’s returned to the View Askewniverse — a world we thought he had put to rest 15 years ago with Clerks II.
And we’ve known he’s had View Askew on the mind for a long time. More specifically, on a Mallrats sequel. Years back, we know he pitched around a TV show to networks. And he even finished a sequel titled MallBrats. Now, it looks like he has taken another stab at revitalizing that long-dormant franchise.
“Thanks in part to the #Quarantine, I finally finished a funny first draft of “TWILIGHT OF THE MALLRATS”!” Smith shared on Twitter. “25 years after the original, Brodie Bruce will be back for an unnecessary sequel set against the Mallpocalypse!”
Thanks in part to the #Quarantine, I finally finished a funny first draft of “TWILIGHT OF THE MALLRATS”! 25 years after the original, Brodie Bruce will be back for an unnecessary sequel set against the Mallpocalypse! (Full story on “Silent Bob Speaks” at https://t.co/c2Xw8c2aGm) pic.twitter.com/VMR6ymLPXu
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) April 24, 2020
This comes on the heels of Smith’s Jay and Silent Bob Reboot roadshow. The film was released last year, and over the course of several months, he toured all over the country with it, speaking with fans after a screening. While the movie itself never had a standard wide release, he guaranteed it made a profit.
One would assume this puts him in a prime position to pitch a Mallrats sequel to investors. It may not make big Avengers money, but Smith has enough reach with his small fan base to practically guarantee a return on investment. In an industry as risky as the entertainment industry, it makes sense that investors would jump at the chance to go with a film that is likely to make a quick return. That seems to be Smith’s M.O. these days, and a Mallrats sequel seems like a safe bet.
That being said, I can’t say I’m crazy about the title. Twilight of the Mallrats feels a lot like Passion of the Clerks, which was originally a subtitle for Clerks II. It seems a bit cheesy and on-the-nose for me, but Smith isn’t above leaning into those aspects of his writing these days. It was plentiful in Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, and that movie ultimately proved to be a hit with most fans, nonetheless.
How do you feel about Smith finishing Twilight of the Mallrats? Do you like the title? And are you on board with a sequel set 25 years later? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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