Rejoice, Kevin Smith fans!
Jay and Silent Bob are back for 2019 and this time it's for-real-for-real: pre-production has already started, according to Variety!
After being introduced in Smith's first film, 1994's Clerks, the iconic 90s stoners—played by Smith himself and actor Jason Mewes—have appeared in nearly all of his movies, popping up in Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and 2006's Clerks 2.
Smith announced on Twitter how he and producer (and Jason Mewes' spouse!) Jordan Monsanto spent their New Year's Day: starting work on the new Jay and Silent Bob chapter!
Spent the first day of 2019 having a #JayAndSilentBobReboot pre-pre-production meeting at our holiday-roomy @WeWork… https://t.co/NgCXtvKyqW— KevinSmith (@KevinSmith)1546404177.0
He told fans at the time that the medical incident was something of a brush with death—if he'd not canceled his second show that night to go to the hospital, he likely wouldn't have made it.
Since then, Smith has focused on his health, dropped more than 50 pounds, and is now back and better than ever from the sounds of it! On Twitter, he referenced his difficult 2018, calling it "the year that almost killed me," but seems committed to making 2019 all about his iconic characters.
On social media, Smith fans were effusively all-in for the return of Smith and his iconic duo.
@ThatKevinSmith @WeWork @JayMewes @JordanMonsanto Seriously can't wait for this movie! #JayAndSilentBobReboot will be awesome!— matthew (@matthew)1546499720.0
@consequence @ThatKevinSmith @JayMewes 2019 is now the greatest year ever!!!— Zombie Jesus (@Zombie Jesus)1546468504.0
@GeekBomb @ThatKevinSmith @JayMewes https://t.co/N3MDF32ofn— Art Cloud (@Art Cloud)1546466520.0
FINALLY!! https://t.co/mP2YfGU7mr— Ashleigh 🐧 (@Ashleigh 🐧)1546457621.0
@ThatKevinSmith @WeWork @JayMewes @JordanMonsanto The best news we heard all day🙃 https://t.co/Vg37yBYaGn— Thirsty TV (@Thirsty TV)1546475712.0
Love that work ethic @ThatKevinSmith! I'll be keeping this in mind as inspiration when needing motivation on my own… https://t.co/0zSBwUZqyO— Chris Harvey (@Chris Harvey)1546470029.0
So is Silent Bob going to have to charades out his weight loss story? Or is it going to be a twist ending when we f… https://t.co/S1LZ7XpKNw— Sam Palmeri (@Sam Palmeri)1546404448.0
With several even appealing to Smith for spots on the crew!
I’m willing to volunteer to be a grip on the #JayAndSilentBobReboot for free. I have no idea what a grip is, but I’… https://t.co/E4PW7UxZ33— Jesse Diaz (@Jesse Diaz)1546615395.0
So @ThatKevinSmith what do me and my wife need to do to become extras in the #JayAndSilentBobReboot— Joe Smith 🤙 (@Joe Smith 🤙)1546624379.0
Day 102: lI'll be tweeting the letter below daily in the hopes @ThatKevinSmith will read it and allow me to be of… https://t.co/qTSYSC8pAv— NortonVideo (@NortonVideo)1546621033.0
So what will the new flick be about?
Smith has described the film as:
"... a tongue-in-cheek, silly-ass satire that pokes fun at the movie business's recent re-do obsession, featuring an all-star cast of cameos and familiar faces."
Sounds like the perfect way for Smith to get back in the game and welcome back two iconic characters!