Writer and director extraordinaire Kevin Smith just teased some amazing news for fans everywhere! The creative force behind such films as Clerks, Mallrats, and Dogma took to Instagram to share a shot of a screenplay that contained two very familiar names in his repertoire: Jay and Silent Bob! The sequel to the 2001 film Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back is dubbed Jay and Silent Bob Reboot and is tentatively looking like production will begin this summer. Snootchie bootchies!
Unlike the previous attempts at delivering sequels to his cult favorites Clerks and Mallrats, it appears that this film is definitely a go. The titular characters, played by Jason Mewes (Jay) and Smith (Silent Bob), have had cameos throughout the films in the View Askewniverse, always remaining the common thread that tied the stories together, culminating with Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. While taking time in between his many projects, Smith managed to finish the script for the upcoming film and shared that Miramax is on board.
Read the post below:
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
So, while unable to proceed with his other efforts due to ownership issues, there is no stopping Kevin Smith. It will be interesting to see who will come back to make cameos in the flick and to see what comes next in the saga of Jay and Silent Bob. Who’s excited? Share your thoughts in the comments!