It’s been a few years since Kevin Smith directed a movie — since 2016’s Yoga Hosers, to be exact — but the guy’s been busy. He’s been helming TV, including Supergirl and The Flash and The Goldbergs. He’s doing comics. He’s working on a show that will feature Howard the Duck. And, of course, he’s recuperating from having a heart attack last year, which nearly killed him but which only seems to have made him stronger.
Smith has also been promising to get one of several film projects off the ground, namely his reboot of his and Jason Mewes’ beloved characters Jay and Silent Bob. We’ve already known it was heading into production. What we didn’t know until now, according to a Twitter post (caught by The Hollywood Reporter), is it’s scheduled to start shooting very soon — namely, a week from Monday.
“I first posted about #JayAndSilentBobReboot on @instagram 2/9/17,” Smith wrote. “It’s been 2 years and 1 week since that post, during which time I almost died. But a week from Monday, we finally start rolling on Reboot. Never give up, Kids. Even when your heart wants to.”
Smith has been talking about this reboot — which would reunite the two characters for the first time since the 2013’s Jay and Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie, and haven’t been live-action protagonists since 2001’s Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back — since 2017. At the time he described it as “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!”
No word on what familiar faces those will be, but hopefully one of them will be former Batman Ben Affleck, as that would mean they had patched up whatever rift caused the two to stop speaking to each other, even after Smith praised his brief stint as the Caped Crusader. Or at least he could find a role for Dogma cast member Alanis Morissette.