Just over a week ago, we learned from Kevin Smith that he was working on a sequel to Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back that would take aim at Hollywood’s nostalgia obsession by getting nostalgic himself with Jay and Silent Bob Reboot. While that was good news for his most loyal fans, it also came with some bad news about two other projects that took the director back into his own View Askewniverse.
Clerks 3 and Mallrats 2 have been in the works for awhile now, but a couple problems have held them back from being made as feature film. But since Kevin Smith loves his fans, he’s going to make sure that he gets them out to the public in some form. Find out more below. Read More »
Posted on Friday, February 17th, 2017 by Jacob Hall
You’ve got to hand it to Kevin Smith – the man is certainly keeping busy. Yoga Hosers is a critical and financial bomb? No sweat, he’s got episodes of The Flash and Supergirl to direct. Clerks III isn’t going to happen? No big deal, he’ll just write a new Jay and Silent Bob movie. He has no interest in directing a Batman movie? Of course he doesn’t! But he will work on another comic book adaptation: a police procedural television series based on Sam Burke and Twitch Williams, two characters who were originally introduced in the pages of Todd McFarlane’s Spawn.
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Over the past few years, Kevin Smith has branched out beyond what came to be known as his View Askewniverse film roster to try his hand at some different kinds of movies. There was the dark thriller Red State; the creepy thriller Tusk; and the hodgepodge of Clerks, Canada, and Gremlins with Nazi sausages that was Yoga Hosers. Plus we’re still supposed to get Moose Jaws as the third film in what Kevin Smith calls his True North Trilogy.
More recently, Kevin Smith was looking to go back to the well with Clerks III and Mallrats 2 (the latter of which was supposed to be turned into a TV series instead), but it appears both projects have hit rather big snags. That’s not stopping Kevin Smith from being just like the rest of Hollywood by cashing in on any nostalgia that fans may have for his movies, because now he’s working on something called Jay and Silent Bob Reboot. You can find out all the details after the jump. Read More »
Kevin Smith may not be everyone’s favorite filmmaker, but the guy has decades’ worth of experience working in the industry. As a filmmaker, Smith sees how the business side operates, and he’s been involved in the early stages of development on some attempted blockbusters. He’s also had bit parts in a few of them, as well as directed a couple episodes of shows like The Flash and Supergirl recently. That’s why everyone now and then, listening to what he has to say can be very valuable.
In the case of the news regarding Ben Affleck no longer directing The Batman, listening to Smith has even more advantages. First, Smith is a huge Batman fan just like millions of you out there; he even has a podcast dedicated to it called Fatman on Batman. Second, he’s known Ben Affleck for years professionally and personally (even though they haven’t talked in quite awhile, thanks to a rift created by the actor’s relationship with Jennifer Garner). So when Smith theorizes as to why Affleck might have turned down directing The Batman after working on it for a couple years, what he says just might hold some weight.
Find out what Kevin Smith says about why Ben Affleck left The Batman after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, January 31st, 2017 by Jacob Hall
When it was announced that Ben Affleck will no longer be directing The Batman, we immediately assumed that it would take at least a few days before the names of potential filmmakers started to emerge. I even wrote a list and everything. But this morning has been full of news related to next solo Batman movie, which will take place after the upcoming Justice League. First, we heard that Dawn of the Planet of Apes director Matt Reeves and Captain Fantastic director Matt Ross were in the running. Now, a few more names have crept out of the woodwork.
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Though plenty of people make jokes at the expense of Kevin Smith nowadays, more often than not the filmmaker is first to poke fun at himself, especially with regards to the kinds of movies he makes. One of his favorite targets from his own career is Jersey Girl, a film released in the spring of 2004 that didn’t get very good reviews and only earned $36 million at the box office on a budget of $35 million.
However, before Kevin Smith was able to poke fun at his own film, he was nervous about how it would be received. One person who got an early look at the movie, over a year before it would be released, was Smith’s longtime friend Casey Affleck. He saw the film in January of 2003 and decided to e-mail a review to Kevin Smith. It’s pretty funny, and it might be harsher than anything Smith has said about his own movie.
Read Casey Affleck’s Jersey Girl review below. Read More »
We already know that the second half of the fourth season of The Goldbergs will feature an episode dedicated entirely to The Karate Kid, but since nostalgia for the 1980s is the show’s modus operandi, that won’t be the only movie from that decade prominently featured later this season.
The Goldbergs will have an episode dedicated to the excitement of the release of Batman, the 1989 film directed by Tim Burton that had audiences going crazy to see the Dark Knight on the big screen for the first time in decades. In addition, that episode will be dedicated by Bat-fan, comic book writer, and filmmaker Kevin Smith.
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It’s no secret that writer/director Kevin Smith loves Star Wars. So its no surprise that the Clerks/Mallrats filmmaker LOVED Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. He was one of the people we quoted in the Rogue One premiere early reactions, where he called it “Empire Strikes Back good!” And now in the latest episode of his Youtube talk show Fatman on Batman, Kevin Smith gives a spoiler-filled review of Disney’s first Star Wars stand alone movie. What this has to do with Batman, I don’t know. But you can watch the Kevin Smith Rogue One review now, embedded after the jump.
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Over the summer, we learned that Kevin Smith was attached to a TV series adaptation of The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension with MGM behind the project that was slated to debut on Amazon sometime next year. However, it appears a lawsuit will stall the creation of the project, and it has caused the departure of Kevin Smith as well.
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The history of Tim Burton‘s squashed Superman film, Superman Lives, has been well documented. Just last year there was Jon Schnepp‘s documentary, The Death of “Superman Lives”: What Happened?, which featured writer-director Kevin Smith discussing his time on the comic book movie. Now, Smith says he still wouldn’t mind seeing the script he wrote realized, at least in animation.
Below, learn more about Kevin Smith’s hopes for a Superman Lives script.
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