On this weeks Hollywood Babble-On, or as I’m growing to think of it “The Horses Mouth”, Kevin Smith confirmed that Mallrats 2 has moved up in his schedule, forcing the other keenly anticipated Kevin Smith Joint (no not that kind) Clerks 3 to drop back to late 2015.
Kevin has been steadily releasing casting news for the Mallrats sequel, regularly releasing images of famous faces holding up two fingers, a sign of their involvement in the movie. The most notable absence at this point is Smith’s “White Whale” Batfleck himself, Ben Affleck. I’m betting he will return and lend Smith his support by the way.
Kevin said the decision to move the film up in his schedule was motivated buy the availability of a shopping mall scheduled for demolition. Smith said:
“This week we had a lot of activity behind the scenes. Its Mallrats so we require a big ol’ empty mall, and it’d be nice if we could do things to the mall. So if you had a mall and the mall was eventually going away you could blow the mall up. Which happens in the third act…” – Kevin Smith
“We found a place that we can go to and in order to fit the window and get to the mall before it goes away, we were talking about shooting Clerks 3 in the summer and the Mallrats 2 in 2016. Then Mallrats moved up to 2015. Now, based of finding a mall that will be going away, Mallrats become a priority. So the next movie i make will be Mallrats 2…” – Kevin Smith
So the movie I’m dead keen to see moves back, and this surprising sequel to one I didn’t really care for, moves up, and we are yet to get news on a Cop Out sequel. Don’t hold your breath on that one…