Earlier this year, Kevin Smith announced his long talked-about sequel to Mallrats would be a sequel series to continue the original story with a 10-episode arc. While Smith has a habit of talking about projects even before they become realities, this one is moving ahead. He announced over social media that he’s shopping the project around to networks like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and Showtime.
“Today, I start pitching the [Mallrats] series, which began life back in March 2015 as a movie,” he wrote in an update posted to Facebook. “But now, with Jim and Dan from [Universal Television], I’ll spend the next week trying to find a home for our sequel series at places like [Showtime], [Netflix], [Amazon], and [Hulu].”
While casting hasn’t officially been announced, Smith also posted photos of Shannen Doherty, Stan “The Man” Lee, Michael Rooker, Jason Lee, and Jason Mewes. He also shared that he told Lee of the plan at New York Comic Con, writing, “Stan (who is a major part of the series) said, ‘Well hurry up! I’m not getting any younger!’”
The original Mallrats was written and directed by Smith and released in 1995. The story centered on two friends seeking solace in a mall after both are dumped by their girlfriends. Mewes played the Jay to Smith’s Silent Bob, while London played TS Quint, Doherty played Rene, and Rooker played Svenning.
Assuming everything goes smoothly for Smith, this would be the latest in the growing trend of those nostalgic sequels, while also ticking off the box for movie-to-TV adaptation. This seems perfect for streaming. Netflix already snagged the returns of Full House, Wet Hot American Summer, Arrested Development, and Gilmore Girls. It also seems like a Mallrats series would make more sense in this platform, as opposed to a broadway serial. Would fans be invested enough to watch every week for a new episode?
Today, I start pitching the #Mallrats series which began life back in March 2015 as a movie. But now, with Jim and Dan from #universaltelevision, I’ll spend the next week trying to find a home for our sequel series at places like @showtime, @netflix, @amazon & @hulu. When I saw @therealstanlee at @nycomiccon this weekend, I told him Rats pitches start today. Stan (who is a major part of the series) said “Well hurry up! I’m not getting any younger!” To psych myself up, I’ve been staring at these script sides from Day 4 of our #1995 shoot. Sides are mini versions of the script for that day’s work – so the last time I studied this particular set of sides, I was a 24 year old who never expected he’d get as far as he did with his first film. Ironically now, as a 46 year old grown-ass man, I still feel the same way. This flick’s 21 year ride has been a gift, and if any of the places we’re pitching see fit to help me continue telling the story of Mallrats two decades past the original expiration date and in loving memory of the late, great #JimJacks – my producer friend who made Mallrats happen in the first place? Well, let’s just say that would be the exact opposite of a stink-palm. @jasonlee? @theshando? For nearly 2 years now, I’ve dreamed of seeing you both in a mall again as Brodie and Rene’. Today, I stop dreaming and try to make that fantasy a reality. Jim? This one’s for you… #KevinSmith #jasonlee #stanlee #shannondoherty #jaymewes #michaelrooker