Behold the Internet Buzz. Jay And Silent Bob are back for the most meta reboot in recent contemporary film history, Kevin Smith has confirmed.
After cameos in Mallrats, Clerks, Chasing Amy and Dogma, the loveable stoners got their own standalone film with Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back in 2001 and it’s become a cult classic.
Let’s take a walk down memory lane from Jersey to Hollywood, shall we:
Apparently, seventeen years after the fictional duo took on Hollywood, they’re back – and, let’s be honest, Hollywood has it coming.
Jay and Silent Bob Strikes Back saw Smith and Jason Mewes’ characters – as well as cameos from Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher and the obligatory Matt Damon/Ben Affleck appearance – travel to Tinseltown to shut down production on their very own biopic.
Now Smith is returning to the Askewniverse so his most beloved characters can settle the beef with Bluntman and Chronic, he admitted, reports Comicbook.com.
Smith let this slip:
We’re doing a sequel to Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and it’s called Jay and Silent Bob Reboot… 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.
But, he added, the Jay and Silent Bob Reboot ‘is completely f*cking different’.
We all know the prolific podcaster can come up with the comedy goods again, but in a move so meta your mind will melt, he says the reboot itself is the punchline.
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*cking 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.
So, let’s get this straight. It’s a reboot of a movie being made about stopping a movie being made because the movie which was made is getting a reboot. D’uh.
He boldly – and perhaps unwisely considering the critique – compared the effort to Gus Van Sant’s 1998 Psycho remake, which he also dubbed avant-garde and ‘very film-school experiment’.