Although many people, including the director himself, claimed that the “View Askewniverse” was dead after the release of Clerks II in 2006, it looks like it’s about to get a whole new lease on life thanks to its creator.
Not only is writer/director Kevin Smith going to start shooting Clerks III this coming May, but he also tweeted out a cryptic statement as ar as what the future will hold for his work as a director. He said,
We shoot CLERKS III in May. HIT SOMEBODY shoots September to Christmas. Then in Feb 2016, we do MOOSE JAWS. But after that? I smell a rat…
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) March 12, 2015
Later clarifying the comments according to Variety, Smith confirmed that he was indeed alluding to a sequel to his second film: 1995’s Mallrats. That film, which starred Jason Lee as comic book superfan Brodie Bruce, Jeremy London as the unlucky-in-love T.S. Quint, Shannon Doherty as Brodie’s on-again, off-again girlfriend Rene Mosier, Ben Affleck as the “uncomfrtably loving” Shannon Hamilton, and Michael Rooker as the devious Jared Svenning — along with Jason Mewes and Smith as Jay and Silent Bob, of course.
Talking to a local Tuscon, Arizona radio station about the formation of this latest project, Smith said that it was a surprise to him as much as it will be to anyone else. He said,
It’s half scripted 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. […] It kind of came out of nowhere. 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?’ Nobody’s clamoring for a ‘Mallrats’ sequel, but I would love to make one. It’s been like 20 years.
Like Clerks, Mallrats was a flop at the box office, but is still easily one of Smith’s most beloved films by fans. Coming in at the height of the 1990’s comic book boom and written intelligently but irreverently, Mallrats is, arguably, the purest example of Smith’s brand of humor ever committed to film: more bombastic than the shoestring-budgeted Clerks, and more off-the-wall than the likes of Chasing Amy and certainly goofier than Dogma, Mallrats getting a sequel was certainly an unlikely possibility, and will make only the second original “Askewniverse” film to receive a sequel, outside of Clerks.
One of the more interesting things that fans and analysts will automatically wonder about will be who will actually return for the sequel. While Jeremy London seems a likely possibility to return, the same can’t be said of Jason Lee, Michael Rooker, and certainly Ben Affleck, since all three actors have reached a new level of prominence in recent years. Other mystery factors surround Shannon Doherty and Claire Forlani, the two female leads of the original film. Hopefully, Smith will be able to reunite a sizable portion of the original film’s cast to tell a new story. Time, like everything, will ultimately tell.
Clerks III begins shooting in May for a release in 2016. His next released film will be Yoga Hosers, the second installment of his “Great North” trilogy featuring two minor characters from Tusk, while also featuring the return of Johnny Depp.
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