Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back star Jason Mewes says the script for Kevin Smith’s planned reboot with himself and Smith reprising their roles is “amazing” and “super clever.” Smith’s Jay and Silent Bob Reboot is set to begin shooting this fall, Smith himself recently revealed. The stoner duo Jay and Silent Bob first appeared in Smith’s debut feature Clerks, the scrappy, low-budget indie about the goings-on at a New Jersey convenience store and have made appearances in many of Smith’s subsequent films. Jay and Silent Bob were featured prominently in Smith’s Chasing Amy, where it was revealed that the unrepentant potheads’ lives had inspired a superhero comic book, Bluntman and Chronic.
In the duo’s 2001 standalone Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, the title characters learned that Hollywood was planning to make a movie about their comic book alter egos and they went on a road trip to stop it from happening. Jay and Silent Bob Reboot will, in true reboot fashion, recycle the same story; this time around, Hollywood is doing the unthinkable by making a film that turns Bluntman and Chronic into adversaries, a clear reference to Warner Bros.’ much-maligned Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice starring Batman fanatic Smith’s old friend Ben Affleck.
Speaking to ComicBook, Jason Mewes gave some details about the Jay and Silent Bob Reboot script, and was predictably gushing about what his pal Kevin Smith has whipped up:
“I’ve read the script, and it’s amazing and it’s super clever. It’s called Jay & Silent Bob Reboot, and it’s Jay and Bob making fun of reboots. It’s funny — a couple of people have asked me, ‘are you guys even playing the characters if it’s a reboot?’ It’s not really a reboot, Kevin called it Jay & Silent Bob Reboot, and it’s us making fun of reboots, but the script’s awesome. It’s very funny.”
Mewes was hesitant to give many details about the project, but did say Smith is trying to get back many of the actors who appeared in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. The 2001 original featured appearances by a multitude of big-name stars, including Mark Hamill in the unforgettable role of Cocknocker the supervillain. Ben Affleck also made an appearance in the film, reprising his Chasing Amy role of Holden McNeil, one of the creators of Bluntman and Chronic.
Considering Affleck’s central role in the original Jay and Silent Bob, and in all of Smith’s now-retired View Askewniverse, one has to assume Smith is endeavoring to get Affleck onboard for Jay and Silent Bob Reboot. But would Affleck want to participate in a film that is clearly set to make fun of his own movie Batman v Superman? That’s the big question.
For many Smith fans, the outrageous, Hollywood-skewering hijinks of Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back marked the pinnacle of the filmmaker’s career. In recent years, Smith has branched out to become a ubiquitous podcast presence and commentator on the Hollywood scene, but his own films have met with largely negative reception. Smith has talked about revisiting several of his earlier projects, teasing Clerks and Mallrats sequels before revealing Jay and Silent Bob Reboot. Smith is also working on a horror movie called Killroy Was Here, the start of a new anthology.
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