"2019 will be the year of the REBOOT!"
Kevin Smith has confirmed work has begun on a new film starring the iconic 90s stoner duo Jay and Silent Bob.
The characters were created by Smith – who plays Silent Bob alongside Jason Mewes – and first featured in his 1994 movie Clerks. The pair also appeared in the classic 90s films Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and more recently 2006’s Clerks 2.
The director took to Twitter yesterday (January 2) to announce that “pre-pre-production” has begun on the Jay and Silent Bob reboot.
The full post read: “Spent the first day of 2019 having a
#JayAndSilentBobReboot pre-pre-production meeting at our holiday-roomy @WeWork office! @JayMewes took this pic of me and @JordanMonsanto to both mark the moment and to document that we were the only dopes in Hollywood working on the holiday.”
News of the reboot was originally announced back in 2017, with Smith tweeting “this Fall, we shoot a follow-up flick called #JayAndSilentBobReboot!”.
However, Smith suffered a heart attack in February 2018 and took time off to focus on his health.
He referenced these difficulties with a post on New Year’s Day – dressed in Silent Bob’s trademark baseball cap and trench – writing: “2018 was the year that almost killed me, but 2019 will be the year of the REBOOT!”
In 2017 Smith had described the upcoming film as “a tongue-in-cheek, silly-ass satire that pokes fun at the movie business’s recent re-do obsession”.
Smith also promised “an all-star cast of cameos and familiar faces” in the film, which will follow the titular duo as they go to Hollywood to try and stop the reboot of a superhero stoner movie based around their superhero dopplegangers, Bluntman and Chronic.