Movie News After Dark
Plus: The Coen Brothers are writing a new ‘Scarface.’
Kevin Smith has recently started a lot of projects that we’re likely never going get to see – Clerks III, the Mallrats sequel, that Buckaroo Banzai series he was involved with and then not involved with – but largely that’s not on him, it’s a result of red tape. Clerks III is dead, he says, because one of the four leads (he doesn’t name names) opted out of doing the film, and Mallrats 2 is now a TV series he’s in the midst of pitching, but in the instance of both properties Smith’s hands are somewhat tied from the get-go because he doesn’t own them, others do. In fact, out of all the many distinct characters Smith has created over the years, the only ones he does actually own are Jay and Silent Bob, played by Jason Mewes and himself, respectively.
So after a stint in The CW’s DC Universe directing episodes of The Flash and Supergirl, Smith has decided to return to his own Askew-niverse in a way that gives him total creative control: by building a(nother) film around Jay and Silent Bob.
In a Facebook post Smith announced he’s recently completed a script for Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, which is a rehashing of Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back in that the plot once again revolves around the titular twosome embarking on a road trip to Hollywood to stop The Bluntman & Chronic Movie, which in the new film is also being rebooted. How meta.
“It’s a tongue-in-cheek, silly-ass satire that pokes fun at the movie business’s recent re-do obsession,” Smith says in the post, “Featuring an all-star cast of cameos and familiar faces!”
And before you start worrying this is another fruit that dies on the vine, Smith says he’s already talked to the folks at Miramax and “they’re into it.” He’s hoping to start shooting this summer.
The last we saw J & SB was in Clerks II 11 years ago, and then only briefly. Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back came out in 2001.
Get all the details straight from the man himself at the link above.
There have been rumors Universal was planning another version of Scarface – the last, of course, being Brian DePalma’s 1981 take with Al Pacino – but today it was etched in stone via the announcement of a writing team and a release date.
First that writing team: none other than Joel and Ethan Coen. Yeah, those Coens. They aren’t signed up as directors, no one is yet, but once upon a time Antoine Fuqua was rumored to be attached, though it’s said he backed out to work on a sequel to The Equalizer. As for a star, Diego Luna (Rogue One) is attached to the titular role, and it’s said he will depict the gangster as of Mexican origins, like Luna himself. This is the third script the Coens have worked on in the last few years that they haven’t directed, the other two being Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken and Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies, for which they were Oscar nominated.
These missing pieces should be discovered soon, though, as the studio also announced Scarface will hit theaters August 10th, 2018.
By the way, the biggest (and best) news since last we spoke has to do with John Carpenter and the Halloween franchise, which our own Rob Hunter covered as it broke yesterday. In case you missed it, click here.
You’re going to see John Wick Chapter 2 this weekend, right? If you’re on the fence and need some encouragement, check out FSR boss Neil Miller’s review, or Matthew Monagle’s piece on Keanu, or Danny Bowes’ piece, or Jamie Righetti’s piece, or this video from Burger Fiction tracing the evolution of the actor. Can you tell we’re big Keanu fans? We are. You should be too.
That’s a fork in this week, film fans. Happy watching this weekend and we’ll see you back here Monday night for more Movie News After Dark.