Initially conceptualized as a movie sequel to Kevin Smith’s 1995 film, Mallrats 2 eventually got re-worked as a TV series. Mallrats was the follow-up film to Clerks, which was critically well received and kickstarted Smith’s career. Unfortunately for him, Mallrats wasn’t nearly as successful in theaters, which made pitching the sequel to studios difficult.
He explains in an interview with Creative Screenwriting how exactly the idea came about to adapt the project to TV instead, which interestingly came up while directing an episode during season two of The Flash. Apparently Jason Mewes – who was on set with him at the time – suggested it saying;
“This is amazing. We should do this all the time…what else are you working on? What about Mallrats? Could that be a TV show?”
It may come as a welcome change of pace to many long time Kevin Smith fans as his last two movies – Tusk and Yoga Hosers – haven’t been well received. With Mallrats 2 Smith will get to return to the characters many fans know and love, and this time around he’ll get to play with them in a longer format than your typical 90-minute comedy. He goes on to explain a little bit about what the show will entail now that it’s 21 years since the film:
“It’s a real sweet, family story. It’s a multi-generational tale. It’s my chance to do John Hughes and Degrassi Junior High, because much like the Degrassi formula we know our legacy cast; we know Brody and Rene and T.S. and Jay and Silent Bob; and then we meet their kids. So we meet Brody and Rene’s daughter Banner Bruce, and the story takes place in his world and her world. Nobody goes to the fucking mall anymore, so the kids are baffled by it, and Brodie still believes in it in a big, bad way.”
Additionally, he talks about how he was inspired by John Landis and John Hughes when making Mallrats, and that those influences remain to this day as far as his cult hit is concerned. Going the TV route for the sequel will allow him to further explore a Hughes-esque high school set of characters. He’s been gathering the cast of the sequel for a while now, which you can see below featuring some that are ready to return.
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It will definitely be interesting to see how Mallrats 2 turns out. Fans are sure to be happy to see the return of Brodie, Renee, T.S. and the rest but only time will tell if they warm to their children the same way. That said, don’t expect this to be a kid friendly, family show that you’ll be able to catch on network TV. Smith explains that near the end of this month he will be pitching the show to the places you might expect a show written by him to land; Amazon, Hulu, Netflix, etc. In his own words, “You don’t go to networks because everyone curses and stuff.”
Be sure to check out Smith’s other TV shows tailor made for geeks on AMC – Comic Book Men and Geeking Out!
Alright fanboys and fangirls, I know you’re out there. Do you like what you’re hearing from the bearded one, Silent Bob himself? Be sure to comment below and let us know what you think about the Mallrats sequel moving forward as a TV show.
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