|Created by||Kevin Smith|
|Films and television|
|Television series||See below|
|Video game(s)||See below|
The View Askewniverse is a fictional universe created by writer/director Kevin Smith, featured in several films, comics and a television series; it is named for Smith's production company, View Askew Productions. The characters Jay and Silent Bob appear in almost all the View Askewniverse media, and characters from one story often reappear or are referred to in others. Smith often casts the same actors for multiple characters in the universe, sometimes even in the same film; Smith himself portrays the character of Silent Bob.
Smith's recurring characters, settings, and motifs first appeared in his debut film, Clerks. Since then, the main canon has consisted of eight feature films, in addition to several short films, comic books, and a short-lived animated TV series. The View Askewniverse is centered on the towns of Leonardo, Highlands, and Red Bank, all located in Monmouth County, central New Jersey. Chasing Amy also takes place partly in New York City, while Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, and Jay and Silent Bob Reboot involve road trips.
|Clerks||October 19, 1994||Kevin Smith||Scott Mosier and Kevin Smith|
|Mallrats||October 20, 1995||Sean Daniel, James Jacks and Scott Mosier|
|Chasing Amy||April 4, 1997||Scott Mosier|
|Dogma||November 12, 1999|
|Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back||August 24, 2001|
|Clerks II||July 21, 2006|
|Jay & Silent Bob's Super Groovy Cartoon Movie!||April 20, 2013||Steve Stark||Kevin Smith||Jason Mewes and Jordan Monsanto|
|Jay and Silent Bob Reboot||October 15, 2019||Kevin Smith||Jordan Monsanto and Liz Destro|
Clerks is the first film in the series of the View Askewniverse. It follows a day in the lives of two store clerks, Dante Hicks (Brian O'Halloran) and Randal Graves (Jeff Anderson). Dante is called into work at the Quick Stop convenience store on his day off until the boss can relieve him at noon. As Dante serves a succession of customers, he repeatedly complains that he is "not even supposed to be here today". Randal works at RST Video next door, although he spends almost the entire day relaxing at the Quick Stop. Dante learns he will be working all day, and decides to close the store for brief periods to play hockey on the roof and to attend a memorial service for his ex-girlfriend. An old flame now engaged surprises him with a visit. The two had been talking on the phone for months and after seeing each other again they are keen to reunite and leave their current relationships.
Takes place one day before the events in Clerks. The film is about two young men, Brodie Bruce and T.S. Quint, who hang out at a mall after being dumped by their girlfriends, while also trying to avoid the wrath of Shannon Hamilton.
Chasing Amy (1997)
A heterosexual man, Holden McNeil, falls in love with a lesbian woman, Alyssa Jones, causing conflict with his homophobic best friend, Banky Edwards, with whom he has created a comic book called Bluntman and Chronic based upon their friends Jay and Silent Bob.
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001)
Jay and Silent Bob embark on a road-trip to Hollywood to try to stop a Bluntman and Chronic movie from being made. Within the film, the Bluntman and Chronic movie was to be based on the comic made by the protagonists of Chasing Amy.
Clerks II (2006)
Roughly ten years after Clerks, Dante and Randal are now employed in the fast food industry.
Jay & Silent Bob's Super Groovy Cartoon Movie! (2013)
The animated film depicts the events within the Bluntman and Chronic comic written by the protagonist of Chasing Amy, which was to be adapted into a movie in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. Kevin Smith adapted the script from the Bluntman and Chronic comics story he had originally written as a companion piece to the film Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.
Jay and Silent Bob Reboot (2019)
Clerks III (TBA)
Following the release of Clerks II, Smith reported that for several years after, a script was finished, but production was delayed in favor of other projects. By February 2017, he announced via his social media page that development had stopped, and the film would not be made, when Jeff Anderson dropped out of the project.
By September 2019, Smith announced that he had scrapped the previous draft, and had begun working a whole new script for the project. The filmmaker confirmed that many of the creatives from the previous films including Jason Mewes, Jeff Anderson and Brian O'Halloran would return. The new Clerks III would follow Dante and Randal, after surviving a heart attack, making a movie at the store. The plot was initially conceived for a film adaptation of Clerks: The Animated Series titled Clerks: Sell Out. Principal photography began on August 2, 2021 in Red Bank, New Jersey.
Twilight of the Mallrats (TBA)
On March 13, 2015, Kevin Smith confirmed that Mallrats 2 was being written and was slated to begin shooting in Summer 2016. In April 2015, Smith announced that Mallrats 2 would be his next film, instead of Clerks III as originally intended, and would begin filming in 2015. In January 2020, Smith announced that development on Mallrats 2 has started up again, under a new title Twilight of the Mallrats.
|Drawing Flies||November 24, 1996||Malcolm Ingram & Matt Gissing||Malcolm Ingram, Matt Gissing, Scott Mosier and Kevin Smith|
|Scream 3||February 4, 2000||Wes Craven||Ehren Kruger||Cathy Konrad, Kevin Williamson and Marianne Maddalena|
|Zack and Miri Make a Porno||October 31, 2008||Kevin Smith||Scott Mosier|
|Madness in the Method||August 2, 2019||Jason Mewes||Chris Anastasi & Dominic Burns||Jason Mewes, Mickey Gooch Jr., Rob Weston and Dominic Burns|
- Drawing Flies: Much of the cast of Mallrats featured in a simultaneous View Askew Productions film titled, Drawing Flies. A couple of actors portray the same characters, with Kevin Smith credited as Silent Bob. Smith also wore the same wardrobe within the two films.
- Scream 3: Jay and Silent Bob appear in Scream 3, during a scene which shows the pair in-studio. Jay comedically mistakes one of the main protagonists, named Gale Weathers-Riley, for television reporter Connie Chung and sarcastically asks her about Maury Povich.
- Zack and Miri Make a Porno: Though Smith previously stated that the film is not set within the Askewniverse, he later added the character of Brandon St. Randy as a part of Jay and Silent Bob Reboot. The character features as the lawyer of Jay, Silent Bob, and Saban Films.
- Madness in the Method: Directed by Jason Mewes, from a script co-written by Chris Anastasi and Dominic Burns, the film features the characters: Jay and Silent Bob. The film was released on August 2, 2019.
- The Flying Car: A short film featuring Dante and Randal, that was produced for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in 2002.
- Clerks: The Lost Scene: An animated short, that was produced in 2004 for Clerks X (10th anniversary DVD). The release is based on a scene previously off-screen from Clerks, that had previously been depicted in the comics.
- Clerks: The Animated Series: A traditionally animated series, that consisted of six episodes featuring the main characters from the Clerks film. The series aired on ABC in 2000, only to be discontinued after two episodes were released on network television. The entire series was later released directly to DVD in 2001.
- Clerks: A live-action pilot episode, for a television series adaptation, based on Clerks. Kevin Smith had no involvement with the television series' adaptation.
- Jay and Silent Bob Shorts: A series of short skits, which aired on MTV.
- Jay and Silent Bob Rename Your Favorite TV Show: Released throughout 2005, as a portion of I Love the '90s. The routine was released on VH1.
- I Love the '90s: Part Deux: The second release from VH1, as a part of the I Love the '90s series. The show released in 2005.
- Degrassi: The Next Generation: The series adapted a fictional filming of Jay and Silent Bob Go Canadian, Eh?, over the span of three of its episodes.
- My Name is Earl: The series, which stars Jason Lee and Ethan Suplee who have co-starred in numerous films directed by Kevin Smith, made references to the films. This is evident when Earl claims to have robbed a Quick Stop. Another reference in the series is how Randy, on waking up, blurts out "poopie trim"[episode needed] which he similarly blurted as Willam in Mallrats, as did Chris Rock in Dogma. In S2:E21 of the show, titled "Ged", Randy takes a test and draws a sailboat on his answer sheet, before turning to Earl and saying "It's a sailboat". This is also a reference to William in "Mallrats", who failed to see the hidden picture of a sailboat in the Mall.
- The Flash (2014 TV series): Jay and Silent Bob cameo as security guards in the episode "Null and Annoyed".
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Recurring cast and characters
Smith often casts the same actors for multiple characters in the universe, sometimes even in the same film. This is most notable in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, in which several actors play multiple characters from earlier View Askewniverse films.
To date[when?], Smith and Jason Mewes are the only actors to appear in every film as the same characters. Three other actors have appeared in every film, as different characters, Scott Mosier, Walt Flanagan and Brian O'Halloran, with O'Halloran always appearing as a member of the Hicks family (most notably Dante).
The more notable recurring actors include:
The Animated Series
|Jay and Silent Bob
|Clerks II||Jay and Silent Bob's
Super Groovy Cartoon Movie
|Jay and Silent Bob
|Kevin Smith||Silent Bob||Silent Bob
|Scott Mosier||Willam Black
angry hockey-playing customer
|Roddy||Tracer collector||Bus passenger||Willam Black
|Concerned Father||The General
Quick-Stop hipster guy
|Walt Flanagan||Woolen cap smoker
various unnamed characters
|Walt the Fanboy||Walt the Fanboy
|Walt the Fanboy
|Walt the Fanboy||Woolen cap smoker||Shower Bully 3
Giagra ad narrator
|Walt the Fanboy
|Steve-Dave||Shower Bully 2
Travis the Comic-Hating Bully
|Brian O'Halloran||Dante Hicks||Gil Hicks||Jim Hicks||Grant Hicks||Dante Hicks||Dante Hicks
|Jeff Anderson||Randal Graves||Gun shop clerk||Randal Graves||Randal Graves|
|Ernest O'Donnell||Rick Derris||Bystander||Cop||Himself|
|Vincent Pereira||Various unnamed characters||Startled pinball player||Quick Stop customer|
|John Willyung||Dante's killer
|David Klein||Various unnamed characters||Bald comic fan|
|Virginia Smith||Animal masturbator customer||Comic-Con woman||Alyssa's Wife|
|Grace Smith||Milk Maid||Milk Maid||Chronic Con Attendee|
|Scott Schiaffo||Chewlies Rep||Himself|
|Joey Lauren Adams||Alyssa Jones
(2004 special edition)
|Gwen Turner||Alyssa Jones||Alyssa Jones||Alyssa Jones|
|Jason Lee||Brodie Bruce||Banky Edwards||Azrael||Brodie Bruce
|Lance Dowds||Brodie Bruce|
|Ben Affleck||Shannon Hamilton||Holden McNeil||Bartleby||Holden McNeil
|Gawking guy||Mentioned||Holden McNeil|
|Ethan Suplee||Willam Black||Fan||Golgothan
|Shannen Doherty||Rene Mosier||Herself|
|Renee Humphrey||Tricia Jones||Tricia Jones|
|Malcolm Ingram||Creepy staring guy||Creepy staring guy||Pissing customer|
|Dwight Ewell||Hooper X||Kane the gang leader||Hooper X|
|Matt Damon||Shawn Oran (TV executive #2)||Loki||Himself||Loki|
|Guinevere Turner||Singer||Bus station attendant|
|Marc Blucas||Fred look-alike|
|Matthew James||Shaggy look-alike|
|Jane Silvia||Velma look-alike|
|Carmen Llywelyn||Kim||Daphne look-alike|
|Chris Rock||Rufus||Chaka Luther King|
|George Carlin||Cardinal Glick||Blowjob-giving hitchhiker|
|Paul Dini||George Lucas||Bluntman & Chronic Loader
|Shannon Elizabeth||Justice Faulken||Justice Faulken|
|Jennifer Schwalbach Smith||Missy "Miss" McKenzie||Emma Bunting||Blunt-Girl||Missy "Miss" McKenzie|
|James Van Der Beek||Himself||Himself|
|Jake Richardson||Teen #1||Teen #1|
|Harley Quinn Smith||Baby Silent Bob||Kid in window||Millenium "Milly" Faulken|
|Nick Fehlinger||Teen #2||Teen #2|
|Rosario Dawson||Becky Scott||Reggie Faulken||Becky Scott|
|Ming Chen||Shower Bully 1||Himself|
|Mike Zapcic||Bank Robber Cop 2||Himself|
- Clerks.: A three-part comic book series published in the late-'90s, which featured the continuing adventures of the main characters from Clerks.
- Chasing Dogma: A four-part series that details the adventures of Jay and Silent Bob, between the events of Chasing Amy and Dogma. Various elements from the story-arc were adapted into Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.
- Bluntman and Chronic: Adapting the fictionally "created" comics by Holden McNeil and Banky Edwards in Chasing Amy, the series was published to coincide with the release of Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.
- Jay and Silent Bob in Walt Flanagan's Dog: A story that was featured in Oni Double Feature #1.
- Where's the Beef?: A 20-page comic which adds further details to the events that were depicted in the opening scenes of Clerks II.
- Chasing Amy: In Japan, the screenplay of Chasing Amy was adapted into a novel by Kenichi Eguchi and published by Aoyama Publishing. It is a book that is roughly half-novel, half-manga, with Moyoco Anno providing the art for the comic book pages.
- Green Arrow: Jay and Silent Bob had a brief appearance in one panel of Green Arrow, Vol. 3 #6. The characters were depicted standing outside Jason Blood's Safe House in Star City. This issue was written by Kevin Smith during his 15-issue story-arc of the titular character.
- Angel: After the Fall: Demonic versions of Jay and Silent Bob can be seen in one panel, in issue #5. The characters are shown standing outside of a cafe in the safe haven of Silverlake. Writer Brian Lynch confirmed the reference and attributed their inclusion to artist Franco Urru.
- Aoi House: Though the pair are not identified by name, Jay and Silent Bob appear in the manga, in the background of the mall.
A beat-em up videogame titled Jay and Silent-Bob: Chronic Blunt Punch, released in April 2016. The game was produced by a successful crowdfunding.
Additional crew and production details
|Clerks||Benji Gordon||David Klein||Scott Mosier & Kevin Smith||View Askew Productions,
|Miramax, LLC||1hr 32mins|
|Mallrats||Ira Newborn||Paul Dixon||View Askew Productions,
Gramercy Pictures (I),
|Gramercy Pictures||1hr 34mins|
|Chasing Amy||David Pirner||Scott Mosier & Kevin Smith||View Askew Productions,
Too Askew Prod., Inc.
|Miramax, LLC||1hr 53mins|
|Dogma||Howard Shore||Robert Yeoman||View Askew Productions,
|Lions Gate Films||2hrs 8mins|
|Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back||James L. Venable||Jamie Anderson||View Askew Productions,
|Miramax, LLC||1hr 44mins|
|Clerks II||David Klein||Kevin Smith||View Askew Productions,
The Weinstein Company
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corp.
|Jay & Silent Bob's
Super Groovey Cartoon Movie!
|Josh Earl||View Askew Productions,
|Phase 4 Films||1hr 3mins|
|Jay and Silent Bob Reboot||Yaron Levy||Kevin Smith||View Askew Productions,
Skit Bags Entertainment
|Saban Films||1hr 45mins|
|Clerks III||TBA||TBA||TBA||View Askew Productions,
|Drawing Flies||Murray Stiller||Brian Pearson||Malcolm Ingram & Matt Gissing||View Askew Productions||1hr 16mins|
|Scream 3||Marco Beltrami||Peter Deming||Patrick Lussier||Dimension Films,
Miramax Film Corp.
|Dimension Films||1hr 47mins|
|Zack and Miri Make a Porno||James L. Tenable||David Klein||Kevin Smith||View Askew Productions||The Weinstein Company||1hr 42mins|
|Madness in the Method||Si Begg||Vince Knight||Adam Sykes||Autumnwood Media,
Red Rock Entertainment,
Skit Bags Entertainment,
Happy Hour Productions,
- Jay and Silent Bob in Walt Flanagan's Dog
- Clerks: The Animated Series
- The Flying Car
- Chasing Amy
- Chasing Dogma
- Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
- Bluntman and Chronic
- Where's the Beef?
- Clerks II
- Jay and Silent Bob Reboot
- Clerks III
Following Clerks, Smith wrote a film called Busing for Hollywood Pictures, a now-defunct Disney studio. It was described as "Clerks in a restaurant." The film was announced around 1994 and was intended to be part of the View Askewniverse. The film was not made, but the film was featured at the end of Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back as a poster parodying the Clerks poster.
A follow-up to Chasing Amy, Smith wrote a new film set in the View Askewniverse starring the trio from Amy that was not a sequel. Smith said "it was kind of porn-bent." Affleck and Adams were interested in doing the project, but plans eventually fell through. Smith's efforts to develop a project about pornography led to the 2008 film, Zack and Miri Make a Porno. Smith abandoned Name in favor of Dogma.
- Dogma II
So weird you should ask this, because ever since 9/11, I have been thinking about a sequel of sorts. I mean, the worst terrorist attack on American soil was religiously bent. In the wake of said attack, the leader of the "Free World" outed himself as pretty damned Christian. In the last election, rather than a quagmire war abroad, the big issue was whether or not gay marriage was moral. Back when I made Dogma, I always maintained that another movie about religion wouldn't be forthcoming, as Dogma was the product of 28 years of religious and spiritual meditation, and I'd kinda shot my wad on the subject. Now? I think I might have more to say. And, yes, the Last Scion would be at the epicenter of it. And she'd have to be played by Alanis. And we'd need a bigger budget, because the entire third act would be the Apocalypse. Scary thing is this: the film would have to touch on Islam. And unlike the Catholic League, when those cats don't like what you do, they issue a death warrant on your ass. And now that I've got a family, I'm not as free to stir the shit-pot as I was when I was single, back when I made Dogma. I mean, now I've gotta think about more than my own safety and well-being. But regardless – yeah, a Dogma followup's been swimming around in my head for some time now.
Near the same time as the cancellation, just weeks before the Weinstein scandal broke to the public, Harvey Weinstein pitched to Smith about doing a sequel. Not much came from this pitch, but it was just a mere idea for Weinstein. According to Smith in an interview with Business Insider, he recalls:
I said, 'Hey, how are you?' And he goes, 'You know, we have Dogma, I just realized, and we got to get it out there again.' I said, 'We do! People online are always asking where they can get it. And he then goes, 'You know, that movie had a big cast, we might even be able to do a sequel.' And I was like, 'Yeah man, right on. I might think about that.' And he was like, 'We'll talk.' And a week later The New York Times story breaks. I felt sick to my stomach.
Smith believes that he only got the call because, as he believes, "It was him looking to see who was a friend still because his life was about to shift completely."
- Clerks: Sell Out
For several years following the cancellation of Clerks: The Animated Series, Smith announced plans to make an animated film. He revealed in a commentary on Episode 6 that it would go theatrical (with the hopes to win an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature), but later made plans to go direct-to-video. The basic plot involved Dante and Randal making a movie about their lives at the Quick Stop, a reference to the production of the original film. In an interview, Kevin Smith expanded on the delays surrounding the film. He stated that when Harvey and Bob Weinstein left Miramax, owned at the time by The Walt Disney Company, the split was not completely amicable. The rights to the Clerks television series were still owned by Disney, who as a result were reluctant to work with The Weinstein Company, throwing the future of Clerks: Sell Out into question. At the 2007 Cornell Q&A, Smith said due to the Miramax/Weinstein argument "you will see a Jay and Silent Bob cartoon before Clerks: Sell Out."
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- Radio Interview with Kevin Smith about the Askewniverse from FBi 94.5 Sydney Australia