There seems to be some confusion amongst Kevin Smith fans. Jay & Silent Bob Reboot has officially been picked up for theatrical distribution by Saban Films and Legion M. Today, we have a first look image at the pair’s triumphant return along with a video that has Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes explaining exactly what is going on. The confusion comes with the title. Some are wondering who will replace Jay and Silent Bob in a reboot, and is that even a good idea? Well, that’s not what’s really happening here. Consider this a sequel to Jay and Silent Bob Strikes Back.
No one is coming in to replace Jay and Silent Bob. That would be blasphemous on all levels. What we have here is a follow-up that sees Hollywood attempting to remake Bluntman and Chronic, the superhero adaptation that brought the dubious duo to Los Angeles in Jay and Silent Bob Strikes Back. The pair, knowing this is a truly bad idea, set out to stop a new Bluntman and Chronic from happening within the View Askewniverse.
Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith have teamed up to provide fans with a first look image from the movie, which hasn’t started shooting just yet. Yesterday it was announced that Saban Films had picked up the movie for distribution. As Jay and Bob explain in this first look video, Legion M has also gotten in on the fun. Here is the official update from Legion M.
“Legion M is proud to join Hideout Pictures and Mickey Gooch Jr’s Skitbags Entertainment as equity financiers of Kevin Smith’s sequel to the 2001 comedy Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. Jay (Jason Mewes) and Silent Bob (Smith) were first introduced 25 years ago in Smith’s directorial debut, Clerks, and continued to appear in Smith’s cinematic canon including Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and Clerks II, as well as the animated film Jay and Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie. The new movie will take jabs at reboots, remakes, and sequels while simultaneously being all three at the same time.”
A lot of the cast is set to return from Jay and Silent Bob Strikes Back, along with some of the actors from other Kevin Smith movies. And the cast of The CW’s The Flash are coming in as well. Here’s what Kevin Smith had to say about the whole endeavor.
“Last February, I almost died. So on the one year anniversary of my widow maker heart attack, as a celebration of life and a big ol’ F you to Death, my best friend and I will be rolling cameras on a sequel/remake/reboot of a movie we first made nearly twenty years ago! In Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back our herbal heroes found out Hollywood was making a movie based on them, so they journeyed out to Hollywood to stop it. But I’ve learned so much as a storyteller and have grown immensely as a filmmaker since then, so audiences can expect something completely different: In Jay & Silent Bob Reboot our herbal heroes find out Hollywood is making a reboot of the old movie that was based on them, so they journey out to Hollywood to stop it again. I offer my (literal) undying thanks to our amazing partners at Saban and Universal for making this dream come true and backing this cinematic silliness!”
Jason Mewes went onto offer this.
“I’m tired of doing Shakespeare all the time so it’ll be nice to get back to playing Jay again. It may be 25 years since I first played the idiot man-child from Jersey but this time’s going to be the best because I’ve really grown into the role of idiot man-child in my old age.”
You can watch the video, which comes to us direct from Legion M, as well as the first photo from the movie, before shooting even gets started.