Kevin Smith discusses almost directing a Degrassi film after receiving a script from series creator Linda Schuyler.
Degrassi franchise follows a group of teens as they navigate the ups and downs of adolescence through cultural and societal concerns that impact youth, receiving both widespread praise and criticism for its realistic representations of teens. Smith has long shown his love for the franchise, including references to it in his films Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, and others.
Smith recalls being approached to helm a Degrassi film. He claims that showrunner Linda Schuyler gave him a movie script in which Drake’s character Jimmy learns to walk again after being shot in the series. Smith does not comment on why the idea failed, however, he indicates that the plot was subsequently used on the show.
“I had a shot. Linda Schuyler back in the day, [she] and her crew wrote Degrassi: The Movie, and I was going to direct it. A big part of the storyline involved Jimmy, who had been shot the previous season, finally getting up and walking. I have a script in my house of Degrassi: The Movie. And they wound up doing it on the show; a version of it where they traveled cross country and went to Hollywood, and Jay was in it.”
Smith has previously starred in Degrassi: The Next Generation as a fictionalized version of himself, with longtime comic companion Jason Mewes.
There’s still a chance Kevin Smith may direct an episode or two of the upcoming HBO‘s Degrassi remake show, fulfilling his goal.