On the one year anniversary of Kevin Smith’s heart attack that gave him a new lease on life, the actor and filmmaker is “living it up” with co-stars Jason Mewes and Jason Lee on the set of the Jay and Silent Bob reboot. Marking day one of shooting, Smith shared a post on social media to commemorate the event with this heartfelt message.
“One year ago today, I almost died. So today, I’m living it up on with Jason Mewes and Jason Lee on Day 1 of my new flick Jay And Silent Bob Reboot! Big thanks to Saban Films and Universal for the loot to make this epic, Jordan Monsanto and Destro Films for making it happen, Jen Schwalbach and Harley Quinn Smith for humoring my goofy bullshit one more time, and Jason Mewes 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?”
Smith and Jason Mewes are reprising their title roles alongside other stars (and new faces) from the original film. Jay (Mewes) and Silent Bob (Smith) were first introduced 25 years ago in Smith’s directorial debut, Clerks, and continued to appear in Smith’s cinematic canon including Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and Clerks II, as well as the animated film Jay and Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie. The new movie will take jabs at reboots, remakes, and sequels while simultaneously being all three at the same time.
Saban Films is planning to release the sequel theatrically and production is currently underway. Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Content Group acquired all foreign rights to the movie. Jordan Monsanto of Smodco is producing alongside Liz Destro for Destro Film.