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Kevin Smith Working On Jay And Silent Bob Reboot

In some ways, Kevin Smith was a pioneer of the expanded movie universe concept. Now he's looking to get into the reboot game in his own self-referential way.

The director of Clerks and Mallrats recently revealed on Instagram that he's developing a new movie that will bring beloved stoners Jay (Jason Mewes) and Silent Bob (Smith) back to the big screen.

Smith said he's already written Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, which would see the title characters return to Hollywood to stop a reboot of the Bluntman & Chronic movie they looked to thwart in 2001's Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. He said Miramax is "into it," and he hopes to begin filming this summer.

In a characteristically candid post (below), Smith explained that he no longer owns the rights to Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, or Dogma, so this is the only way he can revisit his own View Askewniverse. "It's a tongue-in-cheek, silly-ass satire that pokes fun at the movie business's recent re-do obsession, featuring an all-star cast of cameos and familiar faces," he said.

Of course, as Smith points out, he has a track record of coming up with ideas that don't get made. We'll have to see if Miramax officially gives the go ahead to start production. Meanwhile, check out his post below, then find out which actor we're pretty sure he won't call when he's casting for it.

This is not a drill! This is an actual image from my laptop! Yes, Kids – @jayandsilentbob are coming back! Here's the story: Sadly, Clerks III can't happen (one of our four leads opted out of the flick). So I worked on a #Mallrats movie instead... which also didn't happen because it turned into a #Mallrats series. I've pitched said sequel series to 6 different networks only to find no takers thus far. Mind you, I'm not complaining: nobody gets to make EVERYTHING they wanna make in this business (do they?). And I've been lucky to make anything at all, there's so much competition out there, so many much cooler ideas from fresh folks. And besides: I had #comicbookmen and then @tuskthemovie and @yogahosers (which all came together so crazy quickly), and the podcasts and #fatmanonbatman. With all of that, how could I bitch about no Clerks III or Mallrats 2? Then when I started directing @thecw shows, it was such a slice of Heaven on Earth, I happily put my Askewniverse sequels to the side. Since I sold #Clerks and #Mallrats years ago, they're owned by others, which limits my moves with my own material. I don't mind: back in the day, all I ever wanted to do was sell my stuff so I could be in the movie biz in the first place. So I don't own Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy or #Dogma... But I DO own #jayandsilentbob. So while I love playing with someone else's new toys on @cwtheflash and @Supergirl, I'm getting eager to play with my old toys again in the inter-connected View Askewniverse I spent the first half of my career creating. And so all last month, I had the time of my life laughing while writing "Jay and Silent Bob Reboot" – a fun flick in which the Jersey boys have to go back to Hollywood to stop a brand new reboot of the old "Bluntman & Chronic Movie" they hated so much. It's a tongue-in-cheek, silly-ass satire that pokes fun at the movie business's recent re-do obsession, featuring an all-star cast of cameos and familiar faces! And I already met with the good folks at Miramax and they're into it, so I'm hoping we'll be shooting in the summer! Never give up, kids. You CAN do anything you want in life, so long as you're patient and malleable. #KevinSmith

A photo posted by Kevin Smith (@thatkevinsmith) on Feb 9, 2017 at 1:54pm PST