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Kevin Smith Says Jay & Silent Bob Reboot Has Three Times Star Wars’ Effects Work

July 2, 2019 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, Shannon Elizabeth

It’s a sign of the times to say that a film like Jay & Silent Bob Reboot has more VFX shots than the pinnacle of effects work in Star Wars. And that’s exactly what Kevin Smith has revealed. On the latest episode of his Fatman Beyond series, Smith revealed that the upcoming reboot actually triples the visual effects work done in the original Star Wars movie.

Smith made it clear that he’s not going crazy with space journeys or Fast & Furious-like action, saying, “Now, that doesn’t mean our movie is like, ‘we’re gonna take you to f**king space. It just means everything that counts as an effects shot. So, anytime we had people in a car, we didn’t do a process trailer, we didn’t put people in a car on top of a truck and drive the truck around. We just threw them on a green screen, or put them on a stage with a green screen behind them, and did the backgrounds later. Every one of those shots counts as an effects shot.”

He continues on to say, “So, I mean, even though it didn’t cost as much as blowing up the Death Star, they’re both visual effects shots at the end of the day, so when you just count them like that, we have three times as many as they had in Star Wars and we’re not even a visual effects heavy movie.”

The new film stars Smith himself, Jason Mewes, Brian O’Halloran, Jason Lee, Shannon Elizabeth, Rosario Dawson, Chris Hemsworth, Joey Lauren Adams and a host of other returning View Askweniverse players. It will take jabs at reboots, remakes, and sequels while simultaneously being all three at the same time and is expected to release sometime this year, though no release date is official.