Kevin Smith said that the Jay & Silent Bob Reboot, will start filming in August.
Although it is being called “Reboot” the movie is technically a sequel, although that has a remake feel to it, and that’s’ done deliberately, Smith said. It is a part of the fun.
“We’re doing a sequel to Jay, and Silent Bob Strike Back, and it’s called Jay and Silent Bob Reboot,” Smith told fans. “It’s us; it’s me and Jay, so it’s not really strictly a reboot in the way that people think of a reboot. If you remember Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, it was a movie in which Jay and Silent Bob found out Hollywood was making a movie about them, so they went cross country to Hollywood to stop that from happening. Jay and Silent Bob Reboot is completely f—ing different. In Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, Jay and Silent Bob find out that Hollywood is making a reboot of that old movie that they had made about them, and they have to go cross the country to Hollywood to stop it all over again. It’s literally the same f—ing movie all over again. It’s a movie that makes fun of sequels and remakes and reboots while being all three at the same time.”
Smith likened the film to the decision of the director Gus Van Sant to remake Psycho, a choice he had made while he was in the middle of directing Good Will Hunting, and acting in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. In that movie Van Sant played himself and was making a sequel to Good Will Hunting, allowing Ban Affleck and Matt Damon to be their own directors as he focused on counting stacks of cash.
“One of my favorite little director tricks or experiments of the last 20-25 years was Gus Van Sant, He’s coming off the heat of Good Will Hunting. He’s an Academy Award-nominated director. The film won awards. Ben and Matt won for screenwriting, Robin Williams won Best Actor in it. Gus had his pick of anything, he could do anything he wanted, and he went into Universal and he was like ‘I want to remake Psycho,’” Smith said. “They were like ‘Are you crazy? It’s Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho,’ and he was like, ‘yeah, but it’s a black and white movie. There’s a whole generation of kids who will never watch this movie’…. I thought that was so crazy, ballsy, he wanted to do a shot-for-shot remake of Psycho, but in color with new actors. It’s a very film-school experiment. It’s something a young-buck director who’s figuring out what they want to be, does. It felt very avant-garde. Some people will argue from not until the end of time that it was absolutely f—ing unnecessary, but I like that it was just ballsy. He literally just made the same f—ing movie over again. Mine’s not that, we have a completely different script, but I used the script of Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back to build the script to Jay and Silent Bob Reboot. So there’ a van in it with three girls in it.”
Jamie Kennedy, the star from Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell, is looking forward to seeing his character from Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back, return for the upcoming reboot by Kevin Smith, and he is also hoping for some promotion alongside.
“Man, I hope I get in [the movie]. That’d be awesome,” he said.“Chaka’s coffee boy, I think he needs to make a cameo! That’d be funny if now he’s directing. You should tweet that at him!”
Smith also said that the production starts in August which means that the movie is expected to release next year.