Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith will get back in front of the camera as hetero-lifemates at least one more time this February for Jay and Silent Bob Get a Reboot, according to Mewes. The actor-turned-storyteller told Laughspin, “If all goes as planned, we’re supposed to start pre-production January, start shooting in February in New Orleans.” Production had been previously reported to begin this past August.
Jay and Silent Bob Get a Reboot is one of several attempts by Smith to get the View Askewniverse characters back on the big screen. “We were supposed to shoot Clerks 3,” Mewes said in the interview. “We literally were where we are now [on Reboot] where we had the money. We were looking for a place.” But essential cast member Jeff Anderson was not on board to revive his iconic clerk Randall Graves.
Then the crew tried to make a long-awaited Mallrats sequel, but Universal didn’t want to make the movie and would not release the rights back to the filmmaker, despite having secured the financing.
But now fans can look forward to a sequel that lampoons Hollywood’s string of subpar reboots. “We’re doing a sequel to Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back,” Smith told fans on an episode of his podcast Fat Man on Batman. “If you remember Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back it was a movie in which Jay and Silent Bob found out Hollywood was making a movie about them, so they went cross country to Hollywood to stop that from happening. Jay and Silent Bob Reboot is completely fucking different.” The filmmaker, who has created a media empire out of his cult following, says the new movie centers around the titular characters trying to stop Hollywood from making a reboot of the 2001 comedy. “It’s literally the same fucking movie all over again. It’s a movie that makes fun of sequels and remakes and reboots while being all three at the same time.”
Mewes insists the script is “super funny” and includes up-to-date humor about social media. Maybe Silent Bob found a ‘voice’ on Twitter. Hopefully, MoviePoopShoot.com will have gotten a new site layout that’s mobile-friendly.
Fans were just as bummed when they found out Clerks 3 wasn’t happening after it looked like production was a lock. Anderson’s reasons for turning down the film are still unknown, although Mewes doesn’t think it had to do with contract negotiations. “At one point, everyone was so disappointed, everyone started throwing—like Brian O’Halloran, me, Kevin—everyone started being like, ‘Hey, we’ll give you 30% of whatever we’re getting paid.’” Although he declined to speculate on an exact number, the amount was enough that he does not believe money was the reason.
Anderson has previously shared on Smith’s SModcast that he’d moved out of Los Angeles and into a “retirement community in the mountains” where he is “the youngest person there by 20 years.” The actor’s last role in a feature film was Smith’s 2008 Zack and Miri Make a Porno, though he is currently filming Nasa Seals from director Jeffery Scheetz.
Jay and Silent Bob Get a Reboot will feature a “more mature Jay and Silent Bob,” Mewes shared. He promises the same slapsticky antics that made the characters a favorite amongst marijuana enthusiasts. Smith announced he had to go rewrite the script following his sudden heart attack and subsequent weight loss earlier this year—a lot of the fat jokes weren’t going to play after dropping over 50 pounds. Ultimately, he’s excited to let his long blonde hair down again. “I’m very excited because I definitely would love to do one more Jay and Bob movie before, you know, we get super old and too old to hang out with apes and swing from grappling hooks and all that good stuff.”