Mallrats isn’t just getting a sequel — it’s getting a TV series. At least, according to Kevin Smith.
The director claims he was in the process of financing and licensing a second movie with Universal, but it took longer than expected.
“We started reconfiguring the idea of doing Mallrats not as a film but as a series, and Universal and I are just about to close our deal to do Mallrats the series,” Smith said on WMMR’s The Preston & Steve Show. “Then we take it out into the world and find a home for it. So, instead of doing a Mallrats movie, I’m going to do 10 episodes of a Mallrats series.”
Smith first announced that he was working on a Mallrats sequel in 2015, 20 years after the original was released. Months later, he shared his 113-page draft for the script, entitled Mallbrats. Smith explained the delay, admitting that he was under the impression he could fund the new movie himself, but later discovered that Universal wouldn’t let the Mallrats title go.
“We submitted the script and my agent comes back to me and he goes, ‘Well, apparently Universal has never let a catalogue title go, any title they own, they’ve retained. They’ve never done something where they’re like, ‘Oh, you can take it back and go make a sequel.’ Never in the history of the studio,'” Smith said. “So we entered a protracted negotiation with Universal trying to get it made in different pockets of the studio.”
Apparently, the current pocket is in television.