It’s an undeniable fact that the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has had a major impact on humanity and chances are, we are going to be thinking about this terrible time for years after the pandemic ends. And it looks like filmmaker Kevin Smith is looking to get ahead of the curve by working the pandemic into his script for “Twilight of the Mallrats” the much-awaited sequel to Smith’s 1995 comedy “Mallrats”.
“It’s so weird. I was writing today and I was working on “Twilight of the Mallrats” the “Mallrats 2″ script and so I had just read last night articles about the retail apocalypse where 2020 was going to be the death knell for a bunch of stores anyway but the pandemic has escalated that, made it worse, and we’re about to see a lot of big box stores, big name stores that you and I have known for most of our lives just go away forever,” Smith said during a recent broadcast.
“That means massive vacancies in malls so they’re predicting the entire implosion of malls,” he continued. “They were already teetering, but an entire implosion of malls across America. So, as a guy who’s writing a movie set in a mall I’m like ‘well, that’s useful information’ for my line of work so I had to start writing the pandemic into the movie because clearly this is going to be remembered for all time. It’s not like ‘oh, why would you make, that’s so topical, the coronavirus happened last year.’ You will still be hearing corona-related stories and plotlines and drops for the next five to 10 years, the same way post-September 11th that was everywhere.”
Smart move. We can’t wait to see how this all pans out.