It’s been nearly two years since Kevin Smith revealed that he had written a sequel to his 2001 comedy Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. Now we know that the sequel, titled Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, is officially happening with word that Saban Films and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Content Group have given the project the greenlight. Saban has acquired the North American rights, while Universal has the foreign rights.
The movie will once again star Jason Mewes and Smith, reprising their roles as Jay and Silent Bob, and will make fun of Hollywood’s obsession with reboots, remakes, and sequels while at the same time being all three itself.
Of the announcement, Smith said:
“Last February, I almost died. So on the one year anniversary of my widow maker heart attack, as a celebration of life and a big ol’ F you to Death, my best friend and I will be rolling cameras on a sequel/remake/reboot of a movie we first made nearly twenty years ago! In Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back our herbal heroes found out Hollywood was making a movie based on them, so they journeyed out to Hollywood to stop it. But I’ve learned so much as a storyteller and have grown immensely as a filmmaker since then, so audiences can expect something completely different: In Jay & Silent Bob Reboot our herbal heroes find out Hollywood is making a reboot of the old movie that was based on them, so they journey out to Hollywood to stop it again. I offer my (literal) undying thanks to our amazing partners at Saban and Universal for making this dream come true and backing this cinematic silliness!”
Mewes also released a statement, saying:
“I’m tired of doing Shakespeare all the time so it’ll be nice to get back to playing Jay again. It may be 25 years since I first played the idiot man-child from Jersey but this time’s going to be the best because I’ve really grown into the role of idiot man-child in my old age.”
Hideout Pictures, Skitbags Entertainment, and the fan-owned Legion M are handling equity financing, while Three Point Capital Louisiana and Intercut Capital handle debt financing.
No release date has been set for Jay and Silent Bob Reboot but it will begin filming in a little under a month on February 25th.
No word yet on who else might star, but the plan is to feature an all-star lineup of familiar faces and cameos like we saw in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.
SNOOGANS! To celebrate my 25th anniversary at Sundance, I’m pleased as a pot-head to announce that the good folks at SABAN and UNIVERSAL have given the green light to #JayAndSilentBobReboot! @JayMewes and I start shooting on 2/25 (the one year anniversary of my heart attack)! https://t.co/fFTO9AFZbk
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