After directing two episodes of The Flash for The CW this past season, director Kevin Smith said he's caught the bug for making TV and is bringing back the characters from Mallrats in a new series.
Smith told a local Philadelphia radio station that the project was moving forward following some logistical concerns, adding that executives seemed to be more receptive to the idea of the continuation taking place on the small screen than as a movie sequel. Smith said that despite the cult status surrounding the movie, and the passionate group of fans that a sequel would appeal to, executives were worried a movie wouldn't make any money since the first one didn't when it was originally released.
"However, I went and directed an episode of The Flash, and when I went up there, it was kind of a weird game changer for my career," Smith said. "I felt at home in the medium."
Mallrats, released in 1995, starred a young Ben Affleck, Jason Lee, Shannon Doherty, Jason Mewes and, of course, Kevin Smith, as a group of bored, suburban teens who hang out a local mall. Like much of Smith's work, people fell in love with the spot-on portrayal of suburban life, making Mallrats one of the more celebrated films Smith ever did.
Smith didn't say if any of the original actors would return for cameo roles or what the story would focus on, but the story of bored teenagers in Pennsylvania will continue on TV.