By Wes Smith
Director Kevin Smith confirmed a sequel is in the works to the 1995 comedy on Rock 102 KFMA in Tuscon on Friday.
The production hopes to begin shooting in May 2016, coming on the heels of Clerks III, Shoot Somebody, and Moose Jaws. Currently, the Mallrats sequel is about half-scripted.
“It kind of came out of nowhere,” Smith said in the KFMA interview. “Lately I’ve been doing this thing where I’m like ‘Do you want to do what’s good for your career or do you just want to have fun?’ Nobody’s clamoring for a ‘Mall Rats’ sequel, but I would love to make one.”
“Once again, there are people to disappoint, and I’m sure I will disappoint them, but right now it’s the wonderful period of ‘This could be excellent!'”
Smith had previously mulled retiring after Clerks III but has since turned around to fill the next two years of his production schedule. The 44-year-old director has become a fan-favorite, with an annual panel at San Diego Comic Con, a popular podcast called Hollywood Babble-on, and an AMC reality series about his comic book shop called Comic Book Men.
The original Mallrats was mostly a flop at the box office, but, like it’s predecessor Clerks, entrenched itself among fans over the years in Smith’s View Askew canon. It feature Jason Lee, Shannon Doherty, Ben Affleck, and Smith’s long-running Jay and Silent Bob characters with Jason Mewes.
No word on a release date has been set.