Kevin Smith Hoping to Reboot Clerks: The Animated Series At Hulu [Exclusive] | Consequence of Sound

Kevin Smith has long teased the return of Clerks: The Animated Series — and now it may finally be a reality. In a new interview with Consequence of Sound for a forthcoming oral history on the show’s 20th anniversary, Smith digressed on the possibility of a reboot of the cult classic cartoon, including where it might pop up.

“Over the years, [the series] has found an audience and people love it,” Smith tells us. “Those who know it really dig it, and they’re always like, ‘Can you do that again?’ And, the fact of the matter is, we can, in many different ways, do it again.”

The problem, he says, has always been ownership.

“But figuring out who owns the fucking thing has honestly been the biggest struggle of the last decade,” Smith continues. “Because we didn’t know who owned it. It was a Miramax television product, and Miramax television doesn’t exist, and Miramax certainly doesn’t exist the way it did back then. It was a Disney thing, but it’s never shown up anywhere on any fucking Disney outlet. You’re certainly not going to see it on Disney Plus or something like that. So, for years, we were trying to figure out who owns that version of the Clerks cartoon.”

Fortunately for Smith, longtime friend and producer Scott Mosier, who has since found success in the world of animation himself, solved the rights issues. After doing some digging, Mosier discovered that Disney still owns the property, and suggested that now might be the best time for the Mouse House to reopen the Quick Stop. Smith reiterates what Mosier told him:

“Scott’s point was like, ‘Right now, they’re trying to figure out how to put a bunch of people on the T.V. set or the movie set post-quarantine. How to work together and still socially distance. But the one thing you could do right now, and you’re doing today, I guarantee you, is that everybody could still make animation. Maybe we walk into Hulu and say, ‘Look, this is the story. Here we did these six episodes. Disney owns them. You guys aren’t doing anything with them. We have all these designs and a bunch of people we’d like to be involved. The voice cast could come back, a bunch of the writers could come back, and stuff. But all the heavy lifting has been done. It’s been time tested and vetted. So all we have to do is turn the lights back on. You could always do any Clerks cartoon you want, but if you want to do that Clerks cartoon, the one we all love, the one that would make the most sense to do, this is the very thin bridge we cross upon which may be how it gets built.”

So, where would it live? Smith points to the Disney-owned Hulu, where more more mature fare is often reserved.

“They own the look of the show, that incarnation of the show, Leonardo Leonardo as a villain, Mr. Plug, Bear is driving — that rendition of Clerks they own,” Smith explains. “So that’s why the Hulu thing is the only play. That’s the only play to make that version of Clerks. But if we went in and Hulu was like, ‘We don’t wanna do that,’ then I could walk over to any place and be like ‘I want to do a Clerks cartoon.’”

Whether or not Hulu bites remains to be seen, but Smith sounds optimistic. “It’s so weird that you brought it up,” he says of the oral history, “because right now we’re like ‘Maybe now is the time.’ Timing is everything and also a willingness to do it. Lord knows if I’ve shown anything over the course of my career it’s a willingness to step right back into the past. So I hope it comes to pass. Let’s see if this is possible.”

Look for the full story on May 31st when Consequence of Sound publishes Andrew Buss’ exciting oral history. In related news, Smith is clearly staying busy despite the lockdown. He launched a Mooby pop-up service for charity, he’s finished a Covid-inspired screenplay for Mallrats 2, and his latest entry in the View Askewniverse — last year’s Jay and Silent Bob Reboot — recently hit Amazon Prime.

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Johnny Depp Is Perfect for Joker in The Batman Says Kevin Smith

Following a piece of excellent fan art depicting actor and Pirates of the Caribbean star Johnny Depp as Batman villain the Joker, filmmaker Kevin Smith has now chimed in stating that he is very keen to see Depp take on the role in the upcoming DC movie, The Batman.

Kevin Smith remains a pretty well-respected authority on all things Batman, and while speaking on a recent episode of his podcast, he addressed the rumor that Johnny Depp is currently in talks to take on another role featuring garish make-up and hair, the Joker, in director Matt Reeves’ upcoming comic book caper.

Smith declared that Johnny Depp would be “f-cking perfect” for the role of the Clown Prince of Crime, but did downplay the possibility that the character would even be appearing in the movie as there has been no mention of this until now. He did point out though that it would certainly be a lot of fun should Depp land the part, whether that be for this movie or any future sequels.

There have been rumors circulating for the last few weeks that Johnny Depp could be poised to join the cast of The Batman as arch-enemy the Joker, with recent fanart depicting perfectly what he could end up looking like, and why this could well be a great casting choice. Depp is considered to be one of the more popular faces in Hollywood, and as of 2018 was the third-highest-grossing actor in the world thanks to roles in franchises such as Pirares of the Caribbean, Alice in Wonderland and the Fantastic Beasts series.

There is no doubt that Johnny Depp could do well in the role, with the actor having a particular affinity for off-the-wall characters who usually disguise his leading-man looks under masks and make-up. The actor has also proven time and again his talent for more grounded drama in movies like Donnie Brasco, demonstrating that Depp easily has the ability to carry-off both competing parts of the character.

Of course, the role of the Joker continues to be one that is coveted by actors in Hollywood, with Heath Ledger having won a posthumous Academy Award for his performance in 2008’s The Dark Knight, while Joaquin Phoenix swept up during last awards season for his spell-binding portrayal of the character in director Todd Phillips’ Joker.

As to whether the character will show up in The Batman, this seems very unlikely due to the number of villains that the movie already plans to introduce. Robert Pattinson’s Caped Crusader already has to contend with Zoe Kravtiz’s Catwoman, Paul Dano as The Riddler, Colin Farrel as The Penguin, not to mention all of Gotham’s gangsters which includes John Turturro as Carmine Falcone.

For the time being, Warner Bros. has put the production of The Batman on hold due to growing concerns over the coronavirus outbreak. The production was due to be moved from London to Liverpool, but the studio confirmed recently that work will stop in order to promote the safety of the cast and crew.

This comes to us from Kevin Smith’s official Youtube channel. The Johnny Depp as Joker fan art comes from Death Streak Art on Instagram.

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Kevin Smith’s He-Man Reboot Casts Mark Hamill as Skeletor, Henry Rollins as Tri-Klops

Kevin Smith has an encyclopedic knowledge of fantasy epics and pop culture from the 80s and 90s, and he’s using all of it to cast his animated He-Man reboot Masters of the Universe: RevelationThe newly announced lineup includes Star Wars icon Mark Hamill as big baddie Skeletor, as well as punk legend Henry Rollins as his minion, Tri-Klops (via Deadline).

The rest of the cast is a nerdy who’s-who of fantasy stars. Prince Adam, aka He-Man, will be played by Chris Wood of The Vampire Diaries and Supergirl. Game of Thrones is well represented, with Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister) and Liam Cunningham (Davos Seaworth) voicing Evil-Lyn and Man-At-Arms, respectively.

The character of Teela will be acted out by Buffy the Vampire Slayer herself, Sarah Michelle Gellar. 90s Batgirl Alicia Silverstone will breath life into Queen Marlena, and Phil LaMarr (Justice League, Mad TV) plays He-Ro. Longtime Smith-collaborater Jason Mewes (Clerks, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back) joins the cast as Stinkor.

Smith has also found roles for the original voice of Skeletor, Alan Oppenheimer, the voice of the animated Wonder Woman, Susan Eisenberg, former Joker Kevin Michael Richardson, and Griffin Newman from The Tick and Supergirl.

Rounding out the billing are Stephen Root (Office Space, Barry) as Cringer, Diedrich Bader (Napoleon Dynamite, Office Space) as King Randor/Trap Jaw, and Justin Long (Apple commercials, Galaxy Quest) as Roboto.

Kevin Smith seems to be geeking out about the cast; his press statement announcing the names overflowed with exclamation points.

“I cannot believe the lineup of talent I get to play with! The incredible, star-studded cast that Mattel’s Rob David and Netflix’s Ted Biaselli assembled for our Masters Of The Universe series will let any lifelong He-Man fan know we’re treating this cartoon seriously and honoring the legendary world of Eternia with A-list talent! Chris, Sarah, Mark, Lena and the other amazing actors and actresses have given performances so powerful and real in a show that features a talking giant green tiger! With these fantastic performers behind our characters, it’ll be crazy easy to immerse yourself in the swords and sorcery of our epic sci-fi soap opera!”

As Smith indicated, production is already well under way, and while an official release date hasn’t been set, Masters of the Universe: Revelation is expected to hit Netflix later this year.

Last year, Kevin Smith’s Clerks was added to the National Film Registry, and he’s known to be working on a third installment of the franchise as we speak.

This year, Mark Hamill joined the cast of What We Do in the Shadows. Henry Rollins teamed up with Cyndi Lauper last year to cover Black Flag’s “Rise Above”.

Kevin Smith’s He-Man Reboot Casts Mark Hamill as Skeletor, Henry Rollins as Tri-Klops

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