Kevin Smith Working on Mallrats TV Show
Set in the same universe as Smith movies Clerks and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Mallrats was a 1995 movie about a group of people who worked in a New Jersey mall. The movie, along with many of Smith’s other films, is now considered a cult classic. Even so, Smith had trouble securing the financing and rights for the movie from Universal, in spite of a completed script.
After directing an episode of The Flash this season, Kevin Smith says he “felt at home in the medium” and decided to change the Mallrats sequel into a TV show. During a radio show appearance on Friday, Smith announced, “Universal and I are just about to close our deal to do Mallrats the series. Then we take it out into the world and find a home for it. So, instead of doing a Mallrats movie, I’m going to do 10 episodes of a Mallrats series.”
For the Mallrats 20th-anniversary in August, Smith outlined the plot for the script he wrote and submitted to Universal. He said, “It’s 20 years later and the mall is on the brink of shutting down. Just like the mall everywhere it’s kind of on the way out.” Brody Bruce (Jason Lee) is trying to keep the mall alive to support his comic store and invites all his old friends back.
Because it’s early stages in the Mallrats TV show’s development, it’s unclear what will change from the original script and idea. But if nothing changes, the sequel series will feature all 18 characters from the original movie as well as their kids, with six new characters being added. The kids part is likely what contributed to the movie’s title: MallBrats.
While Kevin Smith previously announced filming for the Mallrats sequel would take place this fall, the change in format likely will mean more delays, especially since Smith still has to sell the series. However, it’s possible the TV show could begin filming next year.
Beyond Mallrats: Even More from Kevin Smith
If that’s not soon enough for a taste of Kevin Smith, the director also announced Friday that his Buckaroo Banzai TV series has been sold to an as yet unnamed company. The show is based on the 80s cult movie The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension, and Smith previously said that season one of the show would follow a similar plot.
Clearly, it’s a good time to be a Kevin Smith fan.