Kevin Smith Talks The “Mallrats” TV Series

Filmmaker Kevin Smith has a full plate at the moment with promotion for the release of “Yoga Hosers” this Fall, his second time helming an episode of “The Flash,” and the development of the “Buckaroo Banzai” TV series for Amazon.

If that’s not enough though, he’s also got the ten-episode “Mallrats” TV series in the works which he first revealed last month. Appearing at San Diego Comic Con over the weekend, Smith spoke with Deadline a bit about what fans can expect from the series which serves as a sequel to the 1990s comedy:

“It’s a multigenerational story, so it’s about all the kids in ‘Mallrats’ and all the kids they had, taking my cues from one of my favorite programs in the world, ‘Degrassi: The Next Generation’. ‘Mallrats’ as a series is kind of like one gigantic blob of soap opera with a lot of dick jokes in it.

When we were doing the feature version of it, I had 90 minutes to tell one story. But now, essentially, I have ten half-hour episodes, so that’s five hours to kind of pull and tell the same story and really like dive into the characters.

Like, all the characters came back in the ‘Mallrats 2’ script, but sometimes it’s just like, hey, it’s that person, you’re moving on. Now we get to go into their lives and stuff and what happens after happily ever after, so it’s pretty damn fun and funny and stuff.”

The show has yet to go out to networks, but Smith confirms everyone in the original cast will be coming back. Does that include Ben Affleck? Smith is ready either way: “Affleck’s character has a pretty central but small but useful role. Like, you know, he could do it and it’d be great, but if he doesn’t do it, it wouldn’t be the end of the world at the same time.”

No word on when the series might make it to screens as yet.