A few months ago filmmaker Kevin Smith announced that he had re-envisioned his long talked-about “Mallrats” sequel into a TV series told across a ten-episode arc. The original film was released in 1995 and centered on two friends seeking solace in a mall after both are dumped by their girlfriends.
This week he announced on Facebook that though casting has yet to be announced, he’s shopping the project around to networks like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and Showtime. Here’s his posting:
“Today, I start pitching the [Mallrats] series, which began life back in March 2015 as a movie. But now, with Jim and Dan from [Universal Television], I’ll spend the next week trying to find a home for our sequel series at places like [Showtime], [Netflix], [Amazon], and [Hulu].”
When I saw Stan Lee at New York comic con this weekend, I told him Rats pitches start today. Stan (who is a major part of the series) said ‘Well hurry up! I’m not getting any younger!’ To psych myself up, I’ve been staring at these script sides from Day 4 of our #1995 shoot. Sides are mini versions of the script for that day’s work – so the last time I studied this particular set of sides, I was a 24 year old who never expected he’d get as far as he did with his first film.
Ironically now, as a 46 year old grown-ass man, I still feel the same way. This flick’s 21 year ride has been a gift, and if any of the places we’re pitching see fit to help me continue telling the story of Mallrats two decades past the original expiration date and in loving memory of the late, great Jim Jacks – my producer friend who made Mallrats happen in the first place? Well, let’s just say that would be the exact opposite of a stink-palm.
@jasonlee? @theshando? For nearly 2 years now, I’ve dreamed of seeing you both in a mall again as Brodie and Rene’. Today, I stop dreaming and try to make that fantasy a reality. Jim? This one’s for you… #KevinSmith #jasonlee #stanlee #shannondoherty #jaymewes #michaelrooker”
No word on when it might go into production as yet, let alone a potential premiere date.