When Kevin Smith announced that he was working on Mallrats 2, it was set to be next in line after shooting Clerks 3, Hit Somebody, and Moose Jaws. For a man who was dead set on retiring as a director, he sure has a long slate of films coming up after filming Tusk.
Despite it being the 20th anniversary for Mallrats this year, it seemed like we wouldn’t see the follow up until at least next year, or 2017; but that has now changed. In the latest edition of the Hollywood Babble-On podcast, Smith revealed that Clerks 3 is being bumped to make room to shoot Mallrats 2. Here’s what he said:
We’ve been putting together Mallrats 2… It’s been a real, like Blues Brothers ‘We’re putting the band back together, on a mission from Smod. So this week, we had a lot of activity behind the scenes as well and it looks like we might — it’s Mallrats and so we require a big old empty mall, and it would be nice if we could do things to the mall. So if you had a mall and the mall was eventually going away, that would let you like blow the f—ing mall up, which happens in the third act. So we found a place that we can go to and in order to get to that mall before it goes away, we were talking about initially shooting Clerks 3 this summer and then we were going to get to Mallrats in the beginning of 2016. And then it jumped into 2015, where we were going to shoot Clerks and then hopefully Mallrats before the end of the year. But now, based on a f—ing mall that we all dig that will be going away, the priority has become Mallrats. So the next f—ing movie I’m making is Mallrats 2. No word on Batfleck yet…but it would be fun to see if we could get him.
It definitely sounds like a more explosive sequel, that’s for sure. I speculated that there wasn’t enough time in Smith’s schedule to shoot the film this year, but by delaying Clerks III, he’s definitely opened up that window. Mallrats will be celebrating its anniversary in October so it looks like it may be possible to release the sequel in time for that.
That leaves a question of when Clerks III will start shooting, to which I haven’t the slightest idea. My best guess is that they’re just swapping the shoot dates between both films, rather than pushing all the dates forward.
There’s no official word on when Mallrats 2 will be released.