Director Kevin Smith has definitely been bitten by the TV bug. After directing an episode of “The Flash” to rave reviews, the man behind Jay and Silent Bob and a long list of films is doubling down on his work on the small screen.
Not only is Smith returning to direct more of “The Flash” in Season 3 and working on a TV adaptation of “Buckaroo Bonzai,” but not he’s announced that his upcoming movie “Mallrats 2” will actually be a 10-episode series.
It was early 2015 when Smith started teasing a followup to 1995’s “Mallrats” with Instagram photos of the cast members who would be returning. He managed to get essentially everyone but Ben Affleck on board for it.
Now though, the plans have changed. In an interview with Philadelphia radio station WMMR, the director says, “Universal and I are just about to close our deal to do ‘Mallrats’ the series, and then we take it out into the world and find a home for it. So instead of doing a ‘Mallrats’ movie, I’m gonna do 10 episodes of a ‘Mallrats’ series.”
How did this come about? It all started when Smith wanted to make the sequel for himself, without a film studio. Unfortunately, Universal Pictures owns the rights to “Mallrats” and was in no hurry to let it go. Luckily, “The Flash” is opening up doors left and right.
“Apparently that’s like the best work I’ve done in a long time,” Smith jokes. “Not just the Internet but the press were like ‘This is the best thing he’s ever done.’ So I felt at home in the medium.”
While Universal wasn’t necessarily game to make a sequel to a movie that essentially bombed at the box office, TV is an entirely different story.
So while there’s no timetable on it yet — or even confirmation of the movie’s cast being interested in following it to TV — “Mallrats 2” is happening and it’s going to be televised.