Jay and Silent Bob Strike BackThough he declared years ago that he was retiring from filmmaking, Kevin Smith hasn't kept that promise at all, with the prolific writer-director-producer-podcaster-sometime actor continuing to crank out a wide variety of film and TV projects. And while Smith has dedicated a lot of time to others' work in recent years (including directing several installments of CW superhero series "The Flash" and "Supergirl"), what he's really eager to do is get back to his own, original ideas. Now, the director has announced that he's reviving two of his most beloved characters for another big screen adventure.

In a lengthy post on Instagram shared this week, Smith announced that he's currently working on the script for "Jay and Silent Bob Reboot" (yes, that's the actual title -- for now, anyway), featuring the triumphant return of the stoner heroes he first introduced in his debut film, "Clerks." The duo -- played by Jason Mewes and Smith himself -- have popped up in several Smith productions over the years, and headlined their own movie, "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back," in 2001.

This is not a drill! This is an actual image from my laptop! Yes, Kids - @jayandsilentbob are coming back! Here's the story: Sadly, Clerks III can't happen (one of our four leads opted out of the flick). So I worked on a #Mallrats movie instead... which also didn't happen because it turned into a #Mallrats series. I've pitched said sequel series to 6 different networks only to find no takers thus far. Mind you, I'm not complaining: nobody gets to make EVERYTHING they wanna make in this business (do they?). And I've been lucky to make anything at all, there's so much competition out there, so many much cooler ideas from fresh folks. And besides: I had #comicbookmen and then @tuskthemovie and @yogahosers (which all came together so crazy quickly), and the podcasts and #fatmanonbatman. With all of that, how could I bitch about no Clerks III or Mallrats 2? Then when I started directing @thecw shows, it was such a slice of Heaven on Earth, I happily put my Askewniverse sequels to the side. Since I sold #Clerks and #Mallrats years ago, they're owned by others, which limits my moves with my own material. I don't mind: back in the day, all I ever wanted to do was sell my stuff so I could be in the movie biz in the first place. So I don't own Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy or #Dogma... But I DO own #jayandsilentbob. So while I love playing with someone else's new toys on @cwtheflash and @Supergirl, I'm getting eager to play with my old toys again in the inter-connected View Askewniverse I spent the first half of my career creating. And so all last month, I had the time of my life laughing while writing "Jay and Silent Bob Reboot" - a fun flick in which the Jersey boys have to go back to Hollywood to stop a brand new reboot of the old "Bluntman & Chronic Movie" they hated so much. It's 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! And I already met with the good folks at Miramax and they're into it, so I'm hoping we'll be shooting in the summer! Never give up, kids. You CAN do anything you want in life, so long as you're patient and malleable. #KevinSmith

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As the filmmaker explained, he had recently tried -- unsuccessfully -- to make sequels to his early flicks "Clerks" and "Mallrats," and when those projects stalled, he focused his energies on other work, including the CW shows and his films "Tusk" and "Yoga Hosers." But Smith was still missing the characters he created as a young filmmaker ("I'm getting eager to play with my old toys again," he wrote), leading him back to Jay and Silent Bob.

Here's how Smith described the writing process, the film's plot, and his plans for production:

... [A]ll last month, I had the time of my life laughing while writing "Jay and Silent Bob Reboot" - a fun flick in which the Jersey boys have to go back to Hollywood to stop a brand new reboot of the old "Bluntman & Chronic Movie" they hated so much. It's 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! And I already met with the good folks at Miramax and they're into it, so I'm hoping we'll be shooting in the summer!

Stay tuned for more updates from Smith. We have a feeling he's not done sharing his excitement over the project.

[via: Kevin Smith/Instagram]

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Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
R2001
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