Production on Kevin Smith‘s Jay and Silent Bob Reboot has officially begun, and the filmmaker is celebrating the occasion with a behind-the-scenes pic alongside Jason Mewes and Jason Lee, both of which appear to have lived their lives completely untouched by the hands of time. Silent Bob himself looks a bit different, of course, but for good reason; Smith turned his health around after surviving a massive heart attack exactly one year before Reboot began filming. “We picked 2/25 as the Reboot start date *intentionally*, to celebrate the fact that I did not become Silent Bob forever 365 days ago,” Smith wrote in a heartfelt message accompanying the photo.
The film will return Smith to his View Askewniverse for the first time since 2006’s Clerks II to play around with characters he created all the way back in 1994 for his breakthrough Clerks. Reboot will essentially be a do-over of 2001’s Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back—which only grossed $33 million worldwide but did introduce that “15 bucks, little man / Put that shit in my hand” song into the pop culture lexicon—while also mocking the idea of reboots and sequels.
Check out the photo below. Jay and Silent Bob Reboot is currently set for a Fall 2019 release date.
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One year ago today, I almost died. So today, I’m living it up on with @jaymewes and Jason Lee on Day 1 of my new flick @jayandsilentbob Reboot! Thanks to @saban_films and Universal for the loot to make this epic, @jordanmonsanto and @destrofilms for making it happen, @jenschwalbach and @harleyquinnsmith for humoring my goofy bullshit one more time, and #jasonmewes for standing beside me all these years while I do the hardest thing I can personally ever do, either in film or in real life: simply shut the fuck up. I couldn’t think of a better scene with which to start the shoot than the return to the Mall with Brodie Bruce. The three of us gathered for a couple hours last night to run the lines and realized we first rehearsed together waaaaay back in the mid-90’s. It may be 24 years later and we may have 6 kids between us, but Jay, Lee and me partied like it was 1995, giggling while adding jokes and finding inflections. The Oscars were on in the background during our practice and I couldn’t help but feel relief when the “In Memoriam” montage ended and I wasn’t in it. We picked 2/25 as the Reboot start date *intentionally*, to celebrate the fact that I did not become Silent Bob forever 365 days ago. But after a blissful couple hours of making pretend with my friends on the set of my 14th film, I’m starting to think I *did* die in that operating room after all. Because what could be more Heavenly than this? #KevinSmith #jayandsilentbob #jayandsilentbobreboot #jasonlee #jaymewes #neworleans #brodiebruce #wwambassador #movie