Kevin Smith has revealed something pretty interesting about his new movie, Jay & Silent Bob Reboot. According to the filmmaker, his latest actually has more visual effects than the original Star Wars. Yes, really. But that doesn't necessarily mean that we're going to see the duo in something that resembles a Marvel movie or anything along those lines. It's more about how much movies have changed over the last four decades.
The Clerks director made the reveal during a recent episode of his Fatman on Batman podcast, which he co-hosts with Marc Bernardin. During the episode, he was discussing the upcoming sequel to Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. Kevin Smith explained that there are a surprising amount of visual effects/CGI shots in the movie. Here's what he had to say about it.
"This is not bragging and this is not saying this makes me a better filmmaker by any stretch of the imagination, this is just for the layman to show you how far filmmaking and special effects have come from our childhood. We have three times as many visual effects/CG/visual effects in general in Jay and Silent Bob Reboot than they did in Star Wars."
This may come as something of a surprise, but it's really not all that uncommon. In the past couple of decades, computer-generated effects have become easier and easier to accomplish. They're also, in many cases, safer and less logistically complicated. In the case of Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, it's probably going to be a lot of un-sexy, hardly noticeable effects shots, as opposed to something like the Death Star exploding. Smith went on to elaborate.
"Now, that doesn't mean our movie is like, 'we're gonna take you to f****** 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. 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."
So there we have it. Beyond the surprising amount of effects shots, not a whole lot is known about the movie at the present time. We know that many favorites from the View Askewniverse, as well as quite a few celebrity cameos, are expected to appear. Outside of that, Kevin Smith has joked repeatedly that it's the exact same movie as Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, making for something of a commentary on the reboot-heavy nature of Hollywood.
It was recently revealed that the first trailer for the movie will debut later this month at San Diego Comic-Con. A release date hasn't yet been set, but we're likely to learn more about that at the event as well. Feel free to check out the full episode of Fatmaon on Batman from Kevin Smith's YouTube channel below.