Kevin Smith Updates on Generational ‘Mallrats’ Series, Ben Affleck Role
At least one of Kevin Smith’s upcoming TV projects appears to be getting off the ground, while a Mallrats adaptation seems to be inching forward as well. Smith updated on the project from Comic-Con 2016, rattling of a list of potential homes for the “multigenerational” sequel, as well whether “Batfleck” could take part.
Speaking to Deadline, Smith revealed that he’d since closed the deal with Universal and walked them through a plan for ten half-hour episodes, the next step being to pitch to language-forgiving outlets like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Showtime or HBO. Intriguingly, Smith also referred to the series as “a multigenerational story, so it’s about all the kids in Mallrats and all the kids they had, taking my cues from one of my favorite programs in the world, Degrassi: The Next Generation.”
And who, you ask, of the original cast might return for Smith’s “gigantic blob of soap opera with a lot of dick jokes”? Only Ben Affleck has yet to be approached:
Everybody in the original cast, with the exception – well, I haven’t reached out to Batfleck yet, until I knew I had something that I could say, hey, here’s something to come to.
Affleck’s character has a pretty central but small but useful role. Like, you know, he could do it and it’d be great, but if he doesn’t do it, it wouldn’t be the end of the world at the same time. But I’ll reach out to him once I know where we’re going, what we’re doing, and when we’re shooting. I’ve reached out to everybody else, and they were all like, thumbs up, so everyone’s still on board.
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 a young Ben Affleck.
Does Smith make a Mallrats TV series sound worth the prestige network? Watch the original trailer below.