Kevin Smith has pulled the plug on ‘Clerks 3’ but will instead make a new ‘Jay and Silent Bob’ movie instead…
‘Clerks 3’ is dead (for now) but long live Jay and Silent Bob.
The characters who first appeared in Smith’s beloved debut film ‘Clerks’ from 1994 will once again go on an adventure together while trying to stop a reboot of the film ‘Bluntman and Chronic’, which was a movie within a movie from ‘Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back’ in 2001.
The working title of the new film is ‘Jay and Silent Bob Reboot’ but sadly that film comes on the heels of news that Smith also revealed about the long awaited trilogy to ‘Clerks’.
Smith has been teasing work on ‘Clerks 3’ for several years but he noted in the Instagram post where he announced the new ‘Jay and Silent Bob Reboot’ that one of the lead actors on the film dropped out and it necessitated the entire project being shelved. While Smith didn’t name who the actor was that left ‘Clerks 3’ he has previously mentioned that Jeff Anderson, who played Randal Graves in ‘Clerks’ and ‘Clerks 2’, has hesitated doing a third film in the series.
Smith also confirmed that for now he has moved past a proposed sequel to ‘Mallrats’ as well, which he had first planned as a movie and then a television series. Ultimately, Smith says the TV project didn’t find a buyer but it led him to work on ‘Jay and Silent Bob Reboot’, which is what is taking up his time right now.
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
Smith says he hopes to get into production on ‘Jay and Silent Bob Reboot’ this summer so clearly he’s moving ahead quickly on the project following a slew of recent directing gigs on TV including ‘The Flash’, ‘Supergirl’ and ‘The Goldbergs’.