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Kevin Smith Will Also Adapt ‘Mallrats’ to TV With a Sequel

Once upon a time, we heard more about Kevin Smith than we do now. Every so often we hear whisper of Kevin Smith happenings, but for the people at large, those who aren’t attuned, it’s been mostly quiet since we got our laughs from Jay and Silent Bob. But if you like Kevin Smith and you have to yet to hear, there’s some good news. Smith stopped by Philly this week to see our very own Preston & Steve on 93.3 WMMR to confirm a Mallrats spin-off in a 10-episode television series. Uproxx has the deets:

“I called my agency and I said, ‘Hey man, can I just make a Mallrats sequel? Universal owns it, but do I really need to make this with Universal? Can’t I just write a script and buy the title from them?’

And the agent told me, ‘Yeah, absolutely, they’ll let it go.’

And I said, ‘Are you positive? Because I don’t want to start this if that’s not the case.’ He says, ‘Oh yeah, there are three ways you can make this movie: You finance it yourself; you finance it with the studio, co-financed; or they finance it, but, you know, it’ll probably be, since it’s an old movie and it’s a small title, it’ll probably be you financing it yourself.

While Smith himself has remained relatively out of the spotlight, his movies have maintained a loyal cult following. We heard some conjectures earlier this year about Smith being in charge of adapting Buckaroo Banzai for TV, so if all pans out with both… it seems like Smith has his hands full. And in the entertainment industry, there is no bigger blessing than a booked calendar. Smith continues:

So, while I’m in that world and space [of making Buckaroo Banzai], a couple months ago, we started reconfiguring the idea of doing Mallrats not as a film but as a series, and 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.

It’s appropriate for Smith to have made his announcements in Philly as all the filming is set to be in the same locale as the original. That is the Greater Philadelphia area at the Exton Mall. Seems like a decent time to be decently relevant and show some hometown pride. But what I don’t know yet is if Ben Affleck is going to make his appearance here again… fingers crossed.

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