mallrats 2

Could Mallrats 2 actually happen? Kevin Smith sure hopes so. The filmmaker has been trying to continue the story of his 1995 film for some time now, first teasing a movie, then a potential TV show. Now it looks like Smith has gone back to the movie idea, announcing that he’s starting on a new script called Twilight of the Mallrats.

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2019 was seriously one of the best years of my life! So many of my dreams came true this year, as well as a few big things too dazzling to even dare dream about! From the return of @jayandsilentbob, to having my career literally cemented at the legendary @chinesetheatres, to Clerks being accepted into the @librarycongress – 2019 kept giving and giving! Sooooo glad I didn’t drop dead back in 2018, because I would’ve missed all the stuff I listed with my pic. Thank you to everyone who supported the #jayandsilentbob #rebootroadshow Tour: we’ve made over 3 million bucks from our 2 @fathomevents screenings and the 37 cities we’ve visited so far (Tour resumes January 10th in Oakland for another 25 cities through Feb 26). Many thanks for powering my dopey dream of reopening the Askewniverse and making me and @jaymewes feel so welcomed in all your towns and cities! It’s gonna be hard for 2020 to measure up to 2019 – but I’m off to a fun start by writing stuff for Brodie Bruce & Co. to say in the new script I’m calling TWILIGHT OF THE MALLRATS! The CLERKS III script is also underway, so we’ll see which flick will be my first film of the roaring 20’s! But tonight, I end the year like I always do – standing on the stage at the @hollywoodimprov with @ralphgarman, making BABBLE until the Ball drops (a few tix left at the link in my bio)! It was a decade that began badly with COP OUT and the TOO FAT TO FLY incident. The decade of the Red State Tour, @tuskthemovie and @yogahosers! It was the decade in which I almost died of a massive heart attack, and the decade where I went Vegan and got down to my high school weight! Who knows what the next decade holds in store for us – but I’m ready to turn the page and find out! Happy New Year, my friends! (Jedi Kev piece by @giovanni_hollywood2008.) #KevinSmith #newyearseve #2019

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In the Instagram post above, Kevin Smith offers up a positive message about how 2019 was one of the best years of his life, and how 2020 is going to be hard to measure up to what he accomplished last year. But he’s going to try, gosh darn it! The filmmaker is once again going to attempt to get a Mallrats sequel going with a new script called Twlight of the Mallrats. He’s also working on a Clerks III script, and he isn’t sure which of the two he’ll make first.

Of course, this isn’t exactly new. Smith has been teasing a potential Mallrats sequel since 2015. At the time, he said he planned to start filming in 2016. Smith even laid out an entire storyline:

“It’s 20 years later and the mall is on the brink of shutting down. Just like the mall everywhere it’s kind of on the way out…So it takes place as the mall is about to close and Brody Bruce, the Jason Lee character, is throwing his… he’s got a comic book store, Body Bruce’s Secret Stash, which we had introduced in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. He has moved it into the mall and he’s throwing this Mallathon Comic Con to try to keep the mall alive. He’s like the people in Back to the Future – ‘Save the clock tower’ – he’s trying to save the mall and shit… The whole place finally has a crowd in it for the first time in years and the movie is stolen from Die Hard so in the middle of the Comic Con terrorists take over the mall and so originally the title of the script was Mallrats 2: Die Hard in a Mall. I don’t think Fox is going to let us call it that so we might have to call it something else, but Brody teams up with everyone you remember and love from this movie, 18 characters from this movie come back in Mallrats 2 and then we add another generation as well, their kids as well.”

Smith later revealed the title of his script was Mallbrats, promising “113 pages fulla old friends, new jokes and a bloody battle with Stan Lee.”

IT'S MALL OR NOTHING!20 years in the making. 113 pages fulla old friends, new jokes and a bloody battle with Stan Lee! This is for you, Jim. Wish you were here… #MallBrats

Posted by Kevin Smith on Monday, May 11, 2015

Eventually, this entire idea morphed into a potential TV series. But Smith failed to find a buyer for the idea, reporting in 2017 that he “pitched said sequel series to 6 different networks only to find no takers thus far.” Now it sounds like he’s going back to the drawing board and putting together a whole new script, which means that entire Die Hard idea is probably out the window.

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