Saban Films has gotten the North American rights to Kevin Smith’s ‘Jay and Silent Bob Reboot.’
The film is a sequel to the 2001 comedy ‘Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.’
Jason Mewes and Smith are returning to their title roles. Other stars from the original Miramax release will join in, as well as new faces. The new movie will take jabs at reboots, remakes, and sequels while simultaneously being all three at the same time.
Saban Films will release the film theatrically and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Content Group acquired all foreign rights. Pre-production is currently underway.
Saban Films’ Bill Bromiley had this to say:
“Jay and Silent Bob is a global franchise which has a very loyal fan base. Partnering with Kevin at script stage on the next chapter of these iconic characters is a huge milestone. This is the beginning of a new initiative at Saban Films, to partner on IP with seasoned filmmakers and talent early on in the creative process all the way through distribution.”
Also, Smith gave a lengthy statement:
“Last February, I almost died. So on the one year anniversary of my widowmaker heart attack, as a celebration of life and a big ol’ F you to Death, my best friend and I will be rolling cameras on a sequel/remake/reboot of a movie we first made nearly twenty years ago! In ‘Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back’ our herbal heroes found out Hollywood was making a movie based on them, so they journeyed out to Hollywood to stop it.
But I’ve learned so much as a storyteller and have grown immensely as a filmmaker since then, so audiences can expect something completely different: In ‘Jay & Silent Bob Reboot’ our herbal heroes find out Hollywood is making a reboot of the old movie that was based on them, so they journey out to Hollywood to stop it again. I offer my (literal) undying thanks to our amazing partners at Saban and Universal for making this dream come true and backing this cinematic silliness!”
Further, Mewes had a comment:
“I’m tired of doing Shakespeare all the time so it’ll be nice to get back to playing Jay again. It may be 25 years since I first played the idiot man-child from Jersey but this time’s going to be the best because I’ve really grown into the role of idiot man-child in my old age.”
Below is Kevin Smith’s tweet confirming the news:
SNOOGANS! To celebrate my 25th anniversary at Sundance, I’m pleased as a pot-head to announce that the good folks at SABAN and UNIVERSAL have given the green light to #JayAndSilentBobReboot! @JayMewes and I start shooting on 2/25 (the one year anniversary of my heart attack)! https://t.co/fFTO9AFZbk
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) January 25, 2019
Filming begins on February 25. However, the film does not have a release date yet.