Is “Chasing Amy 2: It’s Time To Chase Again” on the docket too? Navelgazing Kevin Smith loves to look back fondly on his own work. He’s plotted a “Clerks 3” and a “Mall Rats” sequel, but neither have materialized yet. In fact, in a new Instagram post, not only did Smith confirm the death of those erstwhile projects, he announced the birth of a new one: “Jay And Silent Bob Reboot.”
“Here’s the story,” he wrote in his Instagram post. “Sadly, ‘Clerks III’ can’t happen (one of our four leads opted out of the flick). So I worked on a ‘#Mallrat’s 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?).”
He then went on to publicize his new ‘Jay And Bob’ sequel while revealing a page from his computer’s desktop.
“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.”
Got that, kids? Given that Smith often advertises projects, production start dates and sets up expectations that often go unmet, we’ll take the news with a cautious grain of salt. But then again, “Tusk,” and “Yoga Hosers” both came together extremely quickly, so who knows. However, with a studio like Miramax involved, the wheels may not turn as quickly as a freewheeling filmmaker might like.
Smith noted that part of the inspiration of the project was wanting to play with “old toys,” but projects like “Clerks,” “Dogma” and “Chasing Amy” are all owned by their respective studios so he doesn’t have as much creative leeway.
“But I DO own #jayandsilentbob,” he wrote. “So while I love playing with someone else’s new toys, 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.”
Sounds like an idea created while high — Smith’s preferred method of working? Possibly. I’d try and reference some of the storyline of “Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back,” but I’m pretty sure that experience blunted my brain too only minus the weed. To each his own I guess.