Move over Morpheus, the only sequel/reboot worth talking about is Bluntman v Chronic. In his most recent Smodcast, Kevin Smith sits down with Jason Mewes and discuss the massively exciting news that beloved characters Jay and Silent Bob will return to the big screen in a sequel. Well, a reboot.
The script, titled ‘Jay and Silent Bob: Reboot’, is already written and is the result of a decade’s worth of false starts, Smith having seen script for Clerks III and Mallrats 2 fail to gain momentum. Despite finding funding of around $8 million to make Clerks III, the project was ultimately derailed by Universal, who have never allowed production on a property they owned to be made without their involvement. Ever.
The idea is, what if they let a property go and the makers go on to turn it into a billion dollar franchise. Universal would look stupid and however unlikely a billion-dollar Smith movie would they wouldn’t break precedent to let Smith make the film itself. Mallrats 2 and the possible TV series it was reported Smith was pitching to Netflix also never gained momentum, “Fuck me for believing I could bend reality.”
The positive result of these studio knock backs is that Jay and Silent Bob, the Quick Stop dwelling, pot-dealing, Morris Day and The Time singing duo from New Jersey get a second outing, this time, to stop a reboot of the original Bluntman and Chronic movie; Bluntman V Chronic.
“There was never talk about we should do another Jay and Silent Bob…One day I got up and was like, Well… I have a story…If you can do it, keep the budget low, go nuts. It’s a gamble, but all movies are a gamble anyway. I figured it’s not a harder sell than that Walrus movie. It’s called Jay and Silent Bob: Reboot and it’s a movie that makes fun of reboots while being a reboot. it has it’s cake and eats it too.”
Despite it’s 2001 release ‘Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back’ is the last great film of the 90s. The end of a journey for two character’s whose life began back in 1994 when Kevin Smith dropped out of film school, maxed out his credit cards to get cameras and film stock, and made a movie with his friends. The subsequent ‘Mallrats’, ‘Dogma’ and ‘Chasing Amy’ cemented Smith as the grunge filmmaker of his generation. He was Tarantino without the pretension. An apathetic Linklater. The voice of a disenfranchised stoner youth who found escape in movies and comic books.
With the release of Deadpool and the ever reproducing and reinventing phases of comic-book Hollywood, not only would a Jay and Bob roasting be apt, it would be welcome.