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“Mallrats” Sequel, “MallBrats”

Kevin Smith Confirms Mallrats Sequel, MallBrats

Writer-director Kevin Smith has revealed that the long overdue (or, dependent on your point of view, totally unexpected) sequel to his 1995 comedy ‘Mallrats’ is to be entitled ‘MallBrats.’
The filmmaker and prominent fan culture commentator made the reveal via Instagram, posting an image of the cover of his recently finished script alongside a photograph of himself on the set of ‘Mallrats’ with the late producer James Jacks, to whom he dedicated the sequel.

Plot details are non-existent at present, but it is known that pretty much the entire cast of the original looks set to return, including Jason Lee, Jeremy London, Ethan Suplee, Shannen Doherty, Michael Rooker, Renee Humphrey, Joey Lauren Adams, Sven-Ole Thorsen, Scott Mosier, Bryan Johnson, Walt Flanagan, Brian O’Halloran, Claire Forlani and Stan Lee (in a ‘bloody battle,’ apparently, and we can’t to see what that might look like.)

The only notable absentee at present is Ben Affleck, who had an early role in ‘Mallrats’ and went on to be Smith’s leading man of choice for several movies before going up in the world.

For a long time, the idea of a ‘Mallrats’ follow-up seemed too absurd to even contemplate. The 1995 comedy was Smith’s second film as writer-director, following on from his 1994 breakthrough ‘Clerks,’ famously shot on a shoestring in the New Jersey convenience store the young fledgling filmmaker worked in at the time.

By contrast, ‘Mallrats’ was a comparatively big budget mainstream production for Universal with a professional cast, and a bona fide Hollywood producer in Jacks (whose recent work had included ‘Hard Target’ and ‘Tombstone,’ and would go on to produce ‘The Mummy’ series, before prematurely passing away in 2014).