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Kevin Smith On Ben Affleck’s Bigger Role In Mallrats 2, Update On Green Hornet Animated Series

September 19, 2020 | Posted by Joseph Lee
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In an interview with Comicbook.com, Kevin Smith revealed that Ben Affleck asked him for a bigger role in the upcoming sequel to Mallrats, which is currently in development. Here are highlights:

On Ben Affleck in Mallrats 2: “[Ben Affleck] cameo-ed in Reboot, far more than a cameo, but we were texting, and I was just like … He had mentioned Mallrats because he mentioned his oldest daughter makes fun of him for Mallrats because of how he’s dressed in the movie… She’s like, ‘Where’d you get those clothes?’ He’s like, ‘I don’t know.’ So I was like, ‘Well, you’ll be able to tell her that you’re in the next Mallrats if you want to come out and cameo.’ And he was like, ‘She likes it too much. Better be more than one scene cameo, dude. Put me in a lot.’ I said, ‘All right, done and done.'”

On when the movie will start production: “2021 is what we’re hoping for. And we’ve been engaged deeply with the good folks at Universal a week-and-a-half ago. It took another very positive step forward. So I mean, it feels like it’s going to happen. Now the big question is, how does it happen? Luckily, because I was home and doing the new draft of Twilight of the Mallrats while quarantine was going on, COVID is just a factor woven into the story. And I remember when I started doing that, some cats were like, ‘Man, this is going to be over. You can’t put that in a movie.’ I’m like, ‘This is never going to be over. This is going to be around for a minute. So trust me, I think we could weave it into the pop culture.'”

On his Green Hornet animated series: “Green Hornet, I just pitched three times last week and then once before I got on the plane, and then pitch again when I get home. It looks like it’s going to have a home pretty damn soon. It looks like it’s going, it looks like somebody’s going to grab it, which is nice. The art dec is f*cking gorgeous. Honestly, like, f*ck the story and f*ck the pitch. If you just sent somebody the art dec and they just looked at these 12 pictures, you’d be like, you know whether or not you want to make that show. But it’s so gorgeous, and it’s kid-friendly. Like it’s a family show. So it’s for like the 8-12 or family group or something like that. And it’s very inspired by Into the Spider-Verse, very much so,” Smith added. “Deeply. And in fact, like we’re not doing a score, we’re doing needle drop in terms of soundtrack. So it’s not going to be like, ‘Oh, there’s that Green Hornet score.’ We’re going to grab music, current music, kind of it give it a certain hipness to it. But also, it’s very … yeah, it takes a lot of cues from Into the Spider-Verse. And the look of it is not … As you look at it, you’d be like, ‘Oh, I can see it there too.’ Yeah. I love that movie.”

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