People who keep tabs on the career of jersey and Jersey-loving film auteur Kevin Smith know that there’s basically three versions of him running around at the moment. There’s the one who’s busy working in TV, directing well-received episodes of DC superhero shows like The Flash and Supergirl. There’s weird Canada Kevin Smith, serving up bizarro projects like Tusk, Yoga Hosers, and the planned third part in his True North trilogy, Moose Jaws. And there’s optimistic/nostalgic Kevin Smith, the guy who’s always promising that a sequel to one of his classic films like Clerks or Mallrats is right around the corner, despite the fact that the universe never seems to get on board. Now, that third Smith has a new project, announcing on Facebook that he’s written a script for Jay And Silent Bob Reboot.
The script came about after Clerks III got scuttled when “one of our four leads opted out of the flick,” and the Mallrats TV show failed to pick up traction with any networks. Instead of moping, though, Smith threw himself into another one of his old View Askew properties, penning a script in which his and Jason Mewes’ characters “go back to Hollywood to stop a brand new reboot of the old Bluntman & Chronic Movie they hated so much.” Calling it “a tongue-in-cheek, silly-ass satire that pokes fun at the movie business’s recent re-do obsession,” Smith says Miramax is already on board for filming, which is expected to start this summer. (He also noted that Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back is one of the few View Askew properties he personally owns the rights to, which presumably made the deal easier than usual for him and the studio to work out.)