Superman Lives, Dogma II, and 10 Other Movies and TV Shows Kevin Smith Almost Made
The original “Dogma” is infamous for several reasons, primarily its confusing look at Catholicism and its inaccessibility on streaming or home video. However, it was still a critical and commercial success, remaining Smith’s highest-grossing film. Because of this, it was probably inevitable that a sequel would at least be considered, and a tragic world event actually became the genesis for this idea. On the View Askewniverse forums in 2005, Smith revealed that the 9/11 attacks, particularly the ultra-religious responses to them, made him consider a thematic sequel.
“I mean, the worst terrorist attack on American soil was religion-related,” Smith wrote. “Following said attack, the leader of the ‘Free World’ presented himself as a holy Christian.”
However, he stressed that the escalation of religious tensions and security concerns remained a major problem that he had to overcome. The final end to a “Dogma” sequel, however, came in 2017, as the director revealed in a 2019 Business Insider interview that Harvey Weinstein pitched the idea to him in a phone call. While Smith had said he would consider it, no real agreement was reached to give it the green light.
A week after the call, Weinstein’s long history of sexual abuse was revealed by The New York Times. If that doesn’t kill a movie’s chances of being produced, I don’t know what will.