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Kevin Smith: ‘No more Clerks or Mallrats… but Jay and Silent Bob WILL return’

February 10th, 2017 by Marc Comments

There’s two things that we’ve been looking forward to (well, there’s been loads in truth) but two of them was Clerks III (here) and the Mallrats series (here).

But now writer director Kevin Smith has said that it’s unlikely either will ever happen. And that makes us sad… don’t get us wrong, we know Smith is far from a one-trick-pony (we love his work all round, including his work on The CW’s DC Shows), but we were excited for both these outings.

So what’s the deal? Well, it looks like Smith, all those years ago, sold the rights to Clerks and the people higher up have pulled the plug. As for Mallrats, he’s been trying to sell it to various TV networks and no one is biting.

So they are both, as if right now, dead in the water.

However, on the plus side… he IS writing a script called Jay & Silent Bob: Reboot.

But it’s not a reboot, don’t worry, it’ll still be Smith and Jason Mewes playing the characters – who Smith does still own the rights to – and the script will focus on the current Hollywood fascination of rebooting franchises and stories.

The only trouble is, let’s be honest, after Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy and Dogma, the first Jay and Silent Bob movie, Strikes Back, was a very disappointing outing, so hopefully he can still give the fans what they want with these two characters.

Anyway, here’s what the man himself had to say:

This is not a drill! This is an actual image from my laptop! Yes, Kids – Jay and Silent Bob 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 we’re disappointed that we won’t see the return of Dante, Randall, TS and Brodie, we will be keeping a close eye on where Smith goes next.

What say you all?

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….