It’s been a very exciting time since cult filmmaking auteur Kevin Smith confirmed he was returning to the mall with Mallrats 2, and now he’s declared that this new film is the priority project in his life!
In the latest Hollywood Babble-On podcast, Smith revealed the sequel has become “the priority,” moving ahead of other projects such as Hit Somebody, Moose Jaws and Clerks 3, and he opened up about the film courtesy of the Nerd Bastards (to use a Smithisim, SPOILERS are ahead):
We’ve been putting together ‘Mallrats 2′ … It’s been a real, like Blues Brothers ‘We’re putting the band back together, on a mission from Smod. So this week, we had a lot of activity behind the scenes as well and it looks like we might — it’s ‘Mallrats’ and so we require a big old empty mall, and it would be nice if we could do things to the mall. So if you had a mall and the mall was eventually going away, that would let you like blow the f—ing mall up, which happens in the third act. So we found a place that we can go to and in order to get to that mall before it goes away, we were talking about initially shooting ‘Clerks III’ this summer and then we were going to get to ‘Mallrats’ in the beginning of 2016. And then it jumped into 2015, where we were going to shoot ‘Clerk’s and then hopefully ‘Mallrats’ before the end of the year. But now, based on a f—ing mall that we all dig that will be going away, the priority has become ‘Mallrats.’ So the next f—ing movie I’m making is ‘Mallrats 2.’
Smith has also confirmed the casting of 14 of his targeted 18 original cast members including Jason Lee, Shannen Doherty, Jeremy London, Joey Lauren Adams, Michael Rooker, Ethan Suplee and Stan Lee. But noticeably the Batfleck himself Ben Affleck has not confirmed his involvement in the project for a return to portray Shannon Hamilton. Smith addressed this saying “No word on Bat-fleck yet! It’ll be fun to see if we can get him.”