Last year, Kevin Smith revealed that his sequel to Mallrats was provisionally titled MallBrats. The writer-director posted a picture of the first draft of the film’s screenplay on Facebook (May 11 2015) 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.
However, it has now been reported that the Mallrats sequel will no longer be a movie but a 10-episode television series. Appearing on the 93.3 WMMR Preston & Steve show, Smith talked of the legal struggles Mallbrats has faced and the future of the sequel.
Speaking with the presenters, Smith explained that his agency said that he would be able to buy the Mallrats title from Universal. After that confirmation, he wrote the script before his agency then told him “apparently Universal has never let a catalogue title go, any title they own, they’ve retained, they’ve never done something where they’re like, ‘Oh, you can take it back and go make a sequel. Never in the history of the studio.’”
Smith was then given two options of either making it fully studio financed or co-finance himself with the studio. “So we entered a protracted negotiation with Universal trying to get it made in different pockets of the studio,” he said.
Smith then explained that he felt “at home in the medium” after directing an episode of The Flash. “A couple months ago, we started reconfiguring the idea of doing Mallrats not as a film but as a series, and Universal and I are just about to close our deal to do Mallrats the series. Then we take it out into the world and find a home for it.” He then confirmed “So, instead of doing a Mallrats movie, I’m going to do 10 episodes of a Mallrats series.”