It was revealed back in March that Kevin Smith is gearing up for another return to the cinematic universe he launched in 1994 with Clerks with plans for a direct sequel to his his second feature film, 1995’s Mallrats. Today, Smith has taken to Facebook with an image of that project’s screenplay cover page and it reveals the official title: Mallbrats.
“It’s mall or nothing!” Smith writes. “20 years in the making. 113 pages fulla old friends, new jokes and a bloody battle with Stan Lee! This is for you, Jim. Wish you were here.”
The Jim that Smith mentions is Jim Jacks, producer on the original Mallrats (as well as films like Raising Arizona and Dazed and Confused) and a longtime champion of doing a sequel. Sadly, Jacks passed away in early 2014.
Although unconfirmed, the title Mallbrats does suggest that we’re likely to see a younger generation of mall-bound characters in addition to some returning favorites. At this time, confirmed returning talent includes Jason Lee, Jeremy London, Ethan Suplee, Shannen Doherty, Michael Rooker, Renee Humphrey, Joey Lauren Adams, Sven-Ole Thorsen, Scott Mosier, Bryan Johnson, Walt Flanagan, Brian O’Halloran, Claire Forlani and, as himself, Stan “The Man” Lee. Of course, Smith will also reprise his role as Silent Bob opposite Jason Mewes’ Jay.
Smith’s next film is the comedy Yoga Hosers and, given Smith’s fondness for working with the same people, its a pretty safe bet that a few of that film’s stars will be making their way to Red Bank, New Jersey as well. Check back for further information on Mallbrats as it becomes available and check out Smith’s original post below: