Now that Kevin Smith has released the long-awaited sequel Clerks III, fans are eager for his next sequel project. For years Kevin Smith has teased the inevitability of Mallrats 2. Now, excitingly enough, the Mallrats sequel could begin production as soon as 2023.
Fans of Kevin Smith will remember Mallrats was his 1995 follow-up to the original Clerks. The film is set one day prior to the events of Clerks and it also includes the iconic duo Jay and Silent Bob. Now as shared on Smith’s Fatman Beyond podcast, via ComicBook.com, these characters and more are intended to return in Twilight of the Mallrats.
Here’s what he had to share about the Mallrats sequel and how it could finally begin production this year:
“I got a bunch of things. For the first few months of the year, I’m going to be writing. I’ve got a bunch of writing projects for other people, so I’m unfortunately not at liberty to reveal, but some of them are f–king wonderful. That’s a different beast than the stuff I do for myself. What am I most looking forward to? We’re seeing some traction on Mallrats 2: Twilight of the Mallrats, so… fingers crossed, folks.”
This is exciting to hear. After so many false starts, however, why exactly is Mallrats 2 finally gaining traction? As it turns out, that success of Clerks III with Lionsgate has been the main catalyst.
“We heard from the Lionsgate folks and they were very happy with the performance of Clerks III. I’m not allowed to say anything else. [Producer Jordan Monsanto] is like, ‘I can’t tell you anything because then you go talk about it on your f–king show…but things are looking good, so this could be the year that we return to the mall.”
Hopefully we’ll have more details soon regarding a potential 2023 production for Mallrats 2. After all, both Jay and Silent Bob Reboot and Clerks III have been successful returns to the View Askewniverse. Fingers crossed that fans will be able to say the same about Twilight of the Mallrats.
As mentioned above, Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith are both expected to reprise their roles as Jay and Silent Bob for the film. Other such cast members expected to play a role include Shannen Doherty, Jeremy London, Jason Lee, Claire Forlani, Priscilla Barnes, Michael Rooker, Ethan Suplee, Joey Lauren Adams, and Ben Affleck.
Stay tuned to ScreenGeek for additional updates on this Mallrats sequel as we have them. For now, both Jay and Silent Bob Reboot and Clerks III are available digitally and on physical media.