Kevin Smith Scraps ‘Mallrats’ Sequel for 10-Episode TV Series
Just when you thought Kevin Smith’s burgeoning TV career with the likes of The Flash or Buckaroo Banzai would put a few long-dormant film projects to rest, Mallrats is ready to offer another chocolate-covered pretzel. The director reveals that in lieu of a proposed sequel, he and Universal are closing a deal to revive Mallrats as a new 10-episode TV series.
Speaking on 93.3 WMMR’s Preston and Steve radio show, Smith detailed the status of Mallrats sequel Mallbrats, specifically that he’d written and submitted a draft to Universal on the false presumption they’d return him the rights without studio interference. That put the project on hold, at least until his Flash episode led to a Buckaroo Banzai series (which has now been officially sold), which Smith now explains helped Universal re-envision Mallrats as a series:
So, while I’m in that [TV] world and space, a couple months ago, we started reconfiguring the idea of doing Mallrats not as a film but as a series, and Universal and I are just about to close our deal to do Mallrats the series. Then we take it out into the world and find a home for it. So, instead of doing a Mallrats movie, I’m going to do 10 episodes of a Mallrats series.
Worth noting, Smith went on to explain that production would still take place at the Exton Square Mall in Pennsylvania. For those unfamiliar, the original 1995 Mallrats marked the second of Smith’s “Askewniverse” films, starring the likes of Jason Lee, Shannon Doherty, Claire Forlani, Walking Dead and Guardians of the Galaxy favorite Michael Rooker, and even a young Ben Affleck.
Details of Smith’s new series will likely come forth soon, but what might a Mallrats TV outing offer that a sequel wouldn’t? Watch the trailer below.