Whatever Happened to Kevin Smith's 'Mallrats 2' and 'Clerks 3'?
On this week’s episode of SModcast, Kevin Smith and guest co-host Jason Mewes (Scott Mosier is doing a secret project in France) addressed the elephant that’s just been standing in the room smoking a blunt for a year or whatever: the status of Clerks 3 and Mallrats 2, both of which were announced with great fanfare and both of which just kind of pulled a Snoopy-slinkaway.
Without naming names, Smith tells us that one of the four key players ultimately decided he didn’t want to be part of the third Clerks movie (Jeff Anderson. I’m assumung it’s definitely Jeff Anderson. If Brian O’Halloran is cool doing the clown rape movie, he was cool doing Clerks 3).
“You need those four or else you ain’t got a fuckin’ motion picture. It ain’t Clerks anymore.”
Smith wrote a script and said one of the four parties wasn’t interested. But after some convincing, everyone was on board. They secured $8 million in financing and were set to follow Creed to shoot in Philadelphia, using some of the same crew members from that film. But at that point, it looks like Smith’s attempts to quell the concerns of the unnamed fourth party (Anderson, guys, pretty sure it’s Anderson) were unsuccessful.
“We had our loot, and one of our four players didn’t want to do the movie. So, you know, it fell apart and it fell apart pretty close to the moment where people were starting to leave to go to the east. We were just about to open an office. So it was pretty ugly. Not ugly, but it sucked… I tried to do everything I could. I offered up more, offered to forgo my monies, but there was no way. Humpty could not be put back together again.”
After that unsuccessful effort, Smith then put his focus on Mallrats 2. And as those of us who follow Smith on social media know, he secured most of the cast, save for, to our public knowledge, Ben Affleck. Smith, understandably reticent after what happened with Clerks 3, didn’t want to start writing until he knew it was a done deal.
“I’m not gonna go through what I just went through, where we were gonna make it and then I had no power over whether the movie got made or not.”
His agent presented him with three possibilities: Universal (which still owned the original film, though they didn’t remember that when they were first approached) finances, he co-finances with Universal, or Universal gives up the rights and lets him make it alone. Once written, Smith was told he needed to run the script past Universal for their blessing and to ensure he didn’t besmirch the studio’s good name. But once the studio had the script, there was one glitch.
“Apparently in the history of this company, Universal, they have never released a catalog title…They consider themselves a catalog warehouse and a studio, and they’ve never let go of a single property in the history of Universal. Once they own it, they own it.”
With the only options now being studio financing or a Smith-Universal co-financing, the studio wasn’t interested. Smith took it to Focus Features (part of Universal) and Universal Television to perhaps attempt develop it as a series. (“Everyone is like ‘did you take it to Netflix?!’ Of course we took it to Netflix.”) Everyone passed.
With those projects killed, there remained but one well for Smith to revisit. And that well is filled with snootchies and bootchies.
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
Look for Jay and Silent Bob Reboot in a format of some kind near you at some point hopefully. If that doesn’t work out, look for Tusk 2: This Is Walr-Us.