Remember when people — including ourselves — got all pissy with Kevin Smith for taking issue with critics (including ourselves) over reviews of Cop Out? Such innocent times those were, when getting pissy with critics rose to the level of “problematic.” And now? Some days, it feels like Smith is one of the last men in Hollywood who hasn’t been revealed to be a creep — just a good guy who wildly overshares about the consensual sex he has with his wife, with whom he is obsessed (as my motto goes: Never trust a guy who won’t stop talking about how feminist he is, but always trust a guy who won’t shut up about how awesome his wife is).
Anyway, Kevin Smith has been talking about sequels and reboots to Clerks, Mallrats, Jay and Silent Bob and, I think, Dogma, for so many years now that the rumors lost all meaning. These movies would never happen, and we all knew it. Jeff Anderson bailed on Clerks 3, so that went away. Netflix, Showtime, and Hulu all reportedly turned down Mallrats 2 so that went away, too.
A dark-horse candidate, however, has emerged in the form of a reboot to Jay and Silent Bob. And it’s no longer just talk. It’s actually happening. Like, happening happening. And not just in a pre-pre-production kind of way:
Spent the first day of 2019 having a #JayAndSilentBobReboot pre-pre-production meeting at our holiday-roomy @WeWork office! @JayMewes took this pic of me and @JordanMonsanto to both mark the moment and to document that we were the only dopes in Hollywood working on the holiday. pic.twitter.com/xTNrpN6OF6— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) January 2, 2019
It’s actually currently filming. “Celebrity” cameos have already been shot!
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We’re not even supposed to be here today! It was 26 years ago that @briancohalloran and I first gathered at the Quick Stop to start a cinematic journey of a lifetime - a journey that continues in @jayandsilentbob Reboot! With shooting Dante today and Brodie on Day 1, Reboot has thus far played out like my own personal version of the last 10 minutes of Tim Burton’s BIG FISH, as all my old friends and the people who made me what I am today return to say g’bye! Then we reboot that g’bye into a big fat hello! Welcome back to the View Askewniverse, my friends! It’s like the @marvelstudios cinematic universe - just with waaaaaaaay less money. #KevinSmith #jayandsilentbobreboot #brianohalloran #movie #clerks #dante #quickstop #quickstopconvenientstore
We even have our first look at … Jay and Silent Bob, who look both the same and way too old to be standing outside of a convenience store all day.
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#Repost @thatkevinsmith SNOOGANS! Here’s a first look at @jayandsilentbobreboot, courtesy of our genius @dpronlevy and our master stills artist @kylebonokaplan. On this adventure, Silent Bob’s dressed pretty much the same as he’s been in #Dogma through #clerks2, but Jay’s outfit has changed a bit, including his Ranger Danger t-shirt designed by @captain_ribman (the artist who created my Fat Man logo). Years back when I was working on Clerks III, Ribman and I came up with a slew of Ranger Danger comic covers to flesh out the world of the flick and make it seem like Ranger Danger had been around as long as Superman and the Fantastic Four. When Clerks III went away, the artwork sat dormant on my laptop for years. But when Reboot started taking serious shape, I blew the dust off the Ranger Danger artwork and put it to work all over Brodie’s Secret Stash. But I saved the Dark Knight-ish Ranger Danger: Requiem shirt for Jay to wear throughout the flick because in the world of our movie, Ranger Danger: Requiem is a gritty, rebooted version of a childhood superhero fave. Today marks the end of Week One of filming, and what a wonderful week it’s been! We’ve already shot a fist fulla cameos and @JayMewes is CRUSHING his return to the role that made him famous! If you’re way into this shit like I am, we’ve kicked off a making-of series on my @youtube channel (like we did for Clerks II back in 2006) called “The Road to Reboot”! See it at the link in my bio. #KevinSmith #jaymewes #movie #jayandsilentbobreboot #nola #sabanfilms #neworleans #wwambassador
He’s even got a production company behind it and everything. Granted, it’s Saban Films, which I think distributes all of those John Travolta and Nic Cage movies that your step-dad watches, but if Jay and Silent Bob: The Reboot goes straight to Red Box, I’ll be the first guy standing in line inside my grocery store to rent it for $1. I might even hang on to it for a few days and pay those fines to show my support for the film.
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