The near-20-year wait for the next Jay and Silent Bob film is soon to end.
Smith had previously teased fans that the sequel to the 2001 film was happening -- and even shared some details that the script was in the works -- but now the world has a definitive time line and name of the project.
The Jay and Silent Bob characters on some of the few remaining titles that Smith has the rights to of his original ideas, and so the new project was a logical step to take.
He had previously revealed details for the movie, but here is a refresher:
"Yes, Kids - Jay and Silent Bob are coming back! Here's the story: Sadly, Clerks III can't happen (one of our four leads opted out of the flick). So I worked on a Mallrats movie instead... which also didn't happen because it turned into a Mallrats series. I've pitched said sequel series to 6 different networks only to find no takers thus far. Mind you, I'm not complaining: nobody gets to make EVERYTHING they wanna make in this business (do they?). And I've been lucky to make anything at all, there's so much competition out there, so many much cooler ideas from fresh folks. And besides: I had Comic Book Men and then Tusk and Yoga Hosers (which all came together so crazy quickly), and the podcasts and Fatman On Batman. With all of that, how could I bitch about no Clerks III or Mallrats 2? Then when I started directing The CW shows, it was such a slice of Heaven on Earth, I happily put my Askewniverse sequels to the side. Since I sold Clerks and Mallrats years ago, they're owned by others, which limits my moves with my own material. I don't mind: back in the day, all I ever wanted to do was sell my stuff so I could be in the movie biz in the first place."
He also described this movie as follows:
"[Jay and Silent Bob Reboot] is a fun flick in which the Jersey boys have to go back to Hollywood to stop a brand new reboot of the old Bluntman & Chronic Movie they hated so much. It's a tongue-in-cheek, silly-ass satire that pokes fun at the movie business's recent re-do obsession, featuring an all-star cast of cameos and familiar faces! And I already met with the good folks at Miramax and they're into it, so I'm hoping we'll be shooting in the summer! Never give up, kids. You CAN do anything you want in life, so long as you're patient and malleable."
So there we have it, the weed-selling slackers that appeared in a host of Smith's films — making a cameos in Clerks (1994), Mallrats (1995), Chasing Amy (1997), Dogma (1999), and Clerks II (2006), as well as starring in 2001's Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back — are taking going to be the star attraction once again.
And, apparently, Stan Lee will be getting a role, too.