Kevin Smith Announces New Jay and Silent Bob Film

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After encountering roadblocks to the long-discussed "Clerks III" and "Mallrats 2," Kevin Smith has announced he's turned his attention to another Jay and Silent Bob film.

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In a lengthy Instagram post, Smith revealed late Thursday that he's finished the script for “Jay and Silent Bob Reboot,” which will send the fan-favorite duo back to Hollywood to prevent a new version of the “Bluntman and Chronic” movie from 2001's "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back." Smith described the project as “a tongue-in-cheek, silly-ass satire that pokes fun at the movie business's recent re-do obsession,” and promised tons of cameos.

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

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Smith said he’s already met with Miramax executives, who are “into it." He hopes the film can start shooting this summer.

In the post, the director also delved into the problems faced by the "Clerks" and "Mallrats" sequels, explaining that one of the leads dropped out of the former, and no studio or network was interested in the latter or its proposed television spinoff.  “I’ve pitched said sequel series to 6 different networks only to find no takers thus far," Smith wrote. "Mind you, I’m not complaining: nobody gets to make everything they wanna make in this business."

Played by Jason Mewes and Smith, respectively, Jay and Silent Bob were introduced were introduced in the 1994 cult favorite "Clerks," and went on to appear in most of the filmmaker's View Askewniverse releases. In "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back," the aimless marijuana- and fireworks-selling duo goes on a quest to Hollywood to stop production of a film based on "Bluntman and Chronic," a comic book by "Chasing Amy's" Holden McNeil (Ben Affleck) that uses their likenesses.

(via TheWrap)

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