The View Askewniverse is back. Writer, director and Jay and Silent Bob mastermind Kevin Smith took to Twitter to reveal that Jay and Silent Bob Reboot will begin filming on Monday, Feb. 18.
In an Instagram post where he announced the film's production, Smith also reflected over his past two years, mentioning that he almost died from a highly-publicized heart attack since he first announced the project.
I first posted about #JayAndSilentBobReboot on @instagram 2/9/17. It’s been 2 years and 1 week since that post, during which time I almost died. But a week from Monday, we finally start rolling on Reboot. Never give up, Kids. Even when your heart wants to. https://t.co/D2khMMx5iR pic.twitter.com/00zHJ4LVQe— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) February 16, 2019
Now, Smith is finally bringing his most popular creations back to life, and he finished his post by telling readers to never give up, even when your heart wants to.
On Feb. 25, 2018, Smith suffered a heart attack while performing on stage at a comedy show in Glendale, California. Now, less than one year since that incident, Smith has lost over 50 pounds and is ready to bring Jay and Silent Bob back to life.
Smith also posted a link to an Instagram post he made from Feb. 7, 2017 where he originally announced the film. The post includes the title page from the script overlaid with a script page and an image of Jason Mewes and Smith as Jay and Silent Bob.
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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
In the post with the original movie announcement, Smith revealed what his next movie was going to be about. He said that he originally wanted to make Clerks III, but said that one of the principle cast members backed out. He also tried make Mallrats 2 but ended up developing it into a TV series that never got off the ground.
Those misfires led to Jay and Silent Bob Reboot. This isn't a reboot of the duo's previous movie, 2001's Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, but it's the story of Jay and Silent Bob learning that Hollywood is making a reboot of their fictional heroes, Bluntman & Chronic. In that film, the duo race to Hollywood to stop that movie from being made, and they seem set to follow a similar trail in this new film.
Smith has said that the movie will make fun of Hollywood's obsession with reboots and remakes while featuring plenty of the View Askewniverse's signature cameos.
Jay and Silent Bob Reboot is directed by Kevin Smith and will star Smith and Jason Mewes as the title characters. The film does not currently have a release date.