‘Mallrats’ Television Series: Kevin Smith Announces 10-Episode Season
The director took to the airwaves this morning to announce that his beloved cult classic will soon be getting the TV treatment.
There are few things Kevin Smith loves more than hinting at the expansion of his various cinematic universe – from the world of “Yoga Hosers” to “Clerks” and even a seemingly burgeoning “Hit Somebody” franchise – and now it looks like the indie auteur is about to push one of his trademark hits into a whole different medium: Television.
During an radio appearance this morning on Philadelphia radio station 93.3 WMMR, Smith announced that his long-teased sequel to “Mallrats” will now be a ten-episode television series. Details are otherwise slim, but Smith has often hinted at his interest in revisiting the world of mallrating, and television will certainly offer up a chance to explore it even further.
Smith has spent plenty of time in television before, including a recent stint directing an episode of “The Flash,” the short-lived “Clerks” animated series and the creation of long-running series like “Comic Book Men,” but a “Mallrats” series would mark the first time he’d turned a sequel to one of his films into a brand new series.
Stay tuned for more news out of the Smith-iverse as it comes.
Smith’s ‘Mallrats’ Sequel Is Now A 10-Episode TV Series
Following months of silence on the long-awaited sequel to “Mallrats,” Kevin Smith has dropped a big update. During an appearance on 93.3 WMMR’s Preston & Steve, the director revealed the new direction that the sequel to the 1995 cult classic film will take.
First, Smith explained the lengthy delay as having been caused by legal red tape with Universal, the movie studio that owns the “Mallrats” title. Smith said that he initially asked his agency if he could make the sequel totally on his own by writing a script and then buying the title from the studio. Smith explained, “And the agent told me, ‘Yeah, absolutely, they’ll let it go.’ And I said, ‘Are you positive? Because I don’t want to start this if that’s not the case.’” After being assured that that would be the case, Smith wrote the script.
But that, it turns out, was not the case. “So I wrote my script, put everything together, and then I told my agent, when I was done, ‘Alright, I’m ready to go, do we have to reach out to Universal for approval or something or let them pass or whatever?’ And he said, ‘Yeah, we have to submit the script.’ And I was like, ‘Why do we have to submit the script?’ ‘Because they own the property and it’s a formality … it’s going to be fine.’”
And it was not fine. Smith and his agent learned that Universal has never in their history let a catalogue title go, and they weren’t going to start with “Mallrats.” “So we entered a protracted negotiation with Universal trying to get it made in different pockets of the studio,” explained Smith.