Kevin Smith has revealed that his sequel to Mallrats has been provisionally titled MallBrats.
The writer-director posted a picture of the first draft of the film’s screenplay on Facebook yesterday (May 11) with the caption: “IT’S MALL OR NOTHING! 20 years in the making. 113 pages fulla old friends, new jokes and a bloody battle with Stan Lee! This is for you, Jim. Wish you were here… #MallBrats.” The “Jim” Smith refers to is late film producer James “Jim” Jacks, who worked on the original Mallrats film and championed a sequel but sadly passed away in January 2014.
Smith confirmed in March that he was working on a sequel to his cult comedy Mallrats, and revealed that 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 writer-director has since revealed on Facebook that the sequel’s cast will include original stars Lee, London, Ethan Suplee, Shannen Doherty, Michael Rooker, Renee Humphrey, Joey Lauren Adams, Sven-Ole Thorsen, Scott Mosier, Bryan Johnson, Walt Flanagan, Brian O’Halloran, Claire Forlani and Stan Lee, who made a memorable cameo appearance in the original film.
Meanwhile, Smith is due to start shooting another sequel, Clerks III, later this month (May). 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”.