Kevin Smith confirms ‘Mallrats 2’ is in the works

Writer-director says he has written 'half a script' to the sequel

Writer-director Kevin Smith has revealed that he is working on a sequel to his cult comedy Mallrats, which he aims to start shooting in May 2016.

Released in 1995, Mallrats starred Jason Lee and Jeremy London as a pair of best friends who seek refuge in the local mall after being dumped by their respective girlfriends. The film’s cast also included Shannen Doherty, Claire Forlani and Ben Affleck.

Confirming that he is now working on a belated follow-up, Smith told US radio station Rock102 Mornings with Shmonty & Carolina: “It’s half a script right now, and we’re pulling our loot together. We’ve got up until the beginning of 2016. By the time we get to May 2016, we’re going to be shooting.”

Explaining his reasons for making the sequel, Smith continued: “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 clamouring for a Mallrats sequel, but I would love to make one. It’s been like 20 years.”

“I had a cool idea [for a sequel] and a bunch of investors that were like, ‘Do it!’ so here we are, man,” he added.

In the meantime, Smith is due to start shooting another sequel, Clerks III, in May of this year (2015). Speaking when he completed the film’s script in May 2013, Smith called it “the Empire Strikes Back of what’s now become the Clerks trilogy”.