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Remember when Kevin Smith was going to retire? Don’t expect that to happen anytime soon. The Jersey-proud director took to social media to give an update on his upcoming schedule, and it’s a busy one indeed. He even hints that a sequel to his sophomore film, Mallrats, might be in store. That’s right, Mallrats 2 could be on the way.
Released in 1995, Mallrats flopped hard at the box office (I did my part, I probably saw it a half-dozen times in the theater), but quickly developed a cult following on the home video market and firmly established Smith’s long-winded, smart-ass slacker style. It also introduced the world, or at least a small part of it, to professional skateboarder Jason Lee as a potential leading man. Where would the Alvin and the Chipmunks franchise be without him?
Mallrats is still my favorite Kevin Smith movie, but the idea of a sequel, especially at this stage, is pretty crazy. Then again, so is a sequel to Clerks, and that didn’t stop it from happening. As much as his fans love the film, you have to wonder if there’s enough interest to make this viable. There was also a groundswell of fan support after Firefly was cancelled, enough to get a movie made, but when Serenity was released, it was a bomb. But Smith is known for working on the cheap—Clerks 2 only cost $5 million to make—and independently on projects he’s passionate about, and this definitely falls into that category.
Smith also addressed his oft-discussed retirement from filmmaking on his Facebook page. He writes, "Saw some websites are reporting CLERKS III will be my last flick. I did say this at one point, but Tusk changed all that." He has experienced a recent upswing in production, and seems to have fallen in love with making movies again, and it doesn’t sound like he plans to go anywhere. Production is set to begin this spring on Clerks 3, the hockey comedy miniseries Hit Somebody follows that, and then something called Moose Jaws.
What do you think about all of this? Have you been holding your breath for Mallrats 2 for the last 20 years? Are you ready to see what’s changed at the Eden Prairie Mall in the last two decades? Will we still be able to find Brodie Bruce holding court, publicly discussing superhero genitalia? Are T.S. Quint and Brandi Svenning still together? Is LaFours still patrolling the food court, planting contraband on potential troublemakers? Perhaps most importantly, is Truth or Date? still on the air?