Twenty years after Kevin Smith had us waxing intellectual about whether a cookie stand was part of the food court or simply an eatery for mid-mall snacking, he is resurrecting the debate with a Mallrats sequel.
The director recently made an “I smell a rat…” comment on his Facebook page that led some to believe we would be getting a sequel.
He then confirmed that a follow-up to the 1995 film was indeed in the works when he appeared on the radio show Rock102 Mornings with Shmony & Carolina.
“Yeah, that’s what we’re working on,” Smith said when asked to respond to rumors of a sequel. “It’s half a script right now, and we’re pulling our loot together. We’ve got up until the beginning of 2016. By the time we get to May 2016, we’re going to be shooting.”
Smith is currently working on his third Clerks film, a hockey comedy called Hit Somebody and the horror film Moose Jaws. He recently completed Yoga Hosers, starring Johnny Depp and Justin Long.
The director said the main reason for making a sequel was his own enjoyment.
“Lately I’ve been doing this thing where I’m like, ‘Do you want to do what’s good for your career, or do you just want to have fun?’ ” Smith said. “Nobody’s clamoring for a Mallrats sequel, but I would love to make one. It’s been like 20 years.”
Well there might be a few fans clamoring for one. The View Askew produced-film was a flop at the box office—grossing $2.1 million initially (on a $6 million budget)—but discovered and beloved by many long after its theatrical release.
The original starred Jason Lee, Jeremy London and Shannen Doherty (and Ben Affleck in a small role). And of course, Jay and Silent Bob.