Kevin Smith set to make Jay and Silent Bob Reboot
Filmmaker Kevin Smith has always been a fairly prolific director of various films and TV (alongside his podcasting empire), but the last few years have seen several planned projects go by the wayside, including Clerks III and his hockey epic Hit Somebody, as well as a TV series based on Buckaroo Banzai. Now Smith has posted to Instagram that his planned Mallrats TV series has become untenable, so he has written a script for a return to his View Askew Universe called Jay and Silent Bob Reboot.
“While I love playing with someone else’s new toys on ‘The Flash’ 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,” Smith wrote. “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!”
Significantly, there’s no mention of Moose Jaws, the third part of Smith’s planned “True North Trilogy” featuring The Colleens (Harley Quinn Smith & Lily-Rose Depp) and Guy Lapointe (Johnny Depp). Given that the last two parts (Tusk and Yoga Hosers) did very little business and were ravaged by critics, it seems logical that funders have turned off the money spigot on Moose Jaws, though that’s pure speculation at this point.
As for Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, it sounds like it will play as a direct follow-up to 2001’s Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, which followed the pair played by Smith and Jason Mewes set out to stop a “Bluntman and Chronic” movie from being made. It was meant to be the final View Askew movie, with God (Alanis Morissette) literally closing the book on it. However, he eventually returned with Clerks II in 2006, as well as the little-seen 2013 oddity Jay & Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie. Other films in the View Askew canon include Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy and Dogma.