‘Mallrats 2’ Is in the Works, Kevin Smith Says

Mallrats Sequel in Works

On the heels of announcing that he’ll shoot the third and final film in his “Clerks” trilogy this May, Kevin Smith has confirmed that “Mallrats 2” is also in the works.

“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…” he tweeted on Thursday.

The writer-director then confirmed that the “rat” he teased is indeed a sequel to 1995’s “Mallrats,” which he wrapped filming 20 years ago this month. The comedy starred Smith, Ben Affleck, Jason Lee, Shannen Doherty and Jeremy London.

“It’s half scripted right now and we’re pulling our loot together,” he told Tucson’s Rock 102 KFMA on Friday. “We’ve got up until the beginning of 2016. By the time we get to May 2016, we’re going to be shooting.”

Like 1994’s “Clerks,” “Mallrats” flopped at the box office, but has since developed a cult following.

“It kind of came out of nowhere,” Smith told the radio station about the “Mallrats” sequel. “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 ‘Mall Rats’ sequel, but I would love to make one. It’s been like 20 years.”

Smith also explained in a Facebook post that was a longer version of the aforementioned tweet that he had intended on retiring after shooting “Clerks 3,” “but ‘Tusk’ changed all that. Now, the next two years are booked.”

“Clerks 3” will be shooting in Philadelphia, where Smith filmed “Jersey Girl,” this spring.

Filed Under:

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 13

Leave a Reply

13 Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

  1. I am very glad Kevin Smith is doing a Mall Rats sequel. Jason Lee’s first film, the same casting director as Dazed ans Confused so there was cross over casting, bring em all back! Just make sure there is an original and funny story to tell, and not a nostalgia love in for the jokes of the first one.

  2. Fre says:

    Going to the well when nothing else seems to be working. Yet Clerks?? Puhleeez.

  3. Randy says:

    I’m a fan of Kevin and loved Mallrats back in the day…was excited to see Clerks II but it’s the only film I’ve ever walked out on in the cinema – and I’ve seen the Garfield movie…

    • James says:

      If you really loved Clerks there’s absolutely no logical reason that you would walk out of Clerks II. The added knife twist of Garfield is just silly. Again, makes no sense if you liked Clerks. I could understand someone who wasn’t a prior fan or never saw Clerks thinking Clerks II was worthless. It’s not a great or even good movie but it’s pretty on target as far as fanservice goes and it’s definitely not a step-down from the original which is praised more for the achievement than for any sort of filmmaking quality.

  4. Zack and Miri was NOT shot in Philly.
    (I am 90% sure Dogma was not shot in Philly either,
    although some of the props came from craftsman in Philly)

    It was shot in Pittsburgh and Monroville, PA.
    Geographically, that’s like saying a movie was shot in San Francisco instead of saying LA.
    I know the common belief is that nothing exists outside of LA, production-wise but
    this is a pretty important oversight if you are part of the strong professional, local, film community
    that needs work and recognition to survive. Check your facts, please.

  5. Fidel007 says:

    Like we really need another Clerks or Mallrat movie. Kevin Smith needs to find a new career if thats all he can come up with.

    • Scarey says:

      Like the article said, he’s not doing it for you. He’s doing it for his own amusement. If you want to go along on the ride with him, have at it, if you don’t, that’s your choice.

    • He does a lot of podcasting and live shows and executive produces a show on AMC called, ‘Comic Book Men’ for his second career. You should check out smodcast.com and listen to ‘Film School Fridays’ series where he gives advice and inspires film school students.

  6. richard says:

    How is Clerks considered a flop?

  7. Eric Hoover says:

    Dogma and Zack & Miri were mostly, if not all, filmed in Pittsburgh, not Philly.

More Film News from Variety

Loading