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Buckaroo Banzai getting the TV series treatment under Kevin Smith's watch

05.16.2016

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The last time I caught up with THE ADVENTURES OF BUCKAROO BANZAI, the 80s film just didn't quite hold up, causing me to wonder what it is that I dug about the movies all those years ago as a kid. However, the cult fandom for Peter Weller's scientist, neurosurgeon, rock musician and race car driver hero has stayed strong over the years, celebrating all the weirdness that can be found across the 8th Dimension. Therefore, news of a Buckaroo Banzai revival should be right up their alley, since they've waited all this time for a sequel that never came... and they have Kevin Smith to thank for it. 

On a recent episode of his Hollywood Babble-On podcast, Smith remarked on how well his recent effort directing an episode of THE FLASH for The CW was received. And because of the response to Smith's work, it opened up some "weird doors" for him to discuss a few intriguing projects, one of them being a TV series based on THE ADVENTURES OF BUCKAROO BANZAI. 

Smith's idea for how to lay out the series...?

Basically you just do the entire movie for season one, then season two you finally do the sequel we’ve all dreamed about, BUCKAROO BANZAI AGAINST THE WORLD CRIME LEAGUE. 

That sequel is referred to in the credits of the sole BUCKAROO BANZAI movie, but it never happened, given the movie only made $6.3 million theatrically on a $17 million budget. However, everything old is new again, and film properties being turned into TV series is where the industry's head seems to be right now. Needless to say, MGM seems to have been impressed by Smith's take on the material, because "we take it out and try to find a home for it" next month. If anyone is buying, then BUCKAROO BANZAI will get new life.

Now's the time for some crossed fingers, BANZAI fans... This may be your only shot at more of this world, so good luck (although with some of the other pitches being bought in recent months, you should be in good shape.)

The BUCKAROO BANZAI conversation picks up around 11 minutes in, if you want to take a listen.

Source: Smodcast

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12:32PM on 05/17/2016

Anyone but him

So I love the idea of turning Buckaroo Banzai into a TV Series, I feel this would work. Probably be something along the lines of Buffy the Vampire Slayer; funny mixed with action/adventure. But this is (cringe!) Kevin Smith. He can't write, he can't act and should stick to selling comic books and hockey jerseys. Find someone else to write this.
So I love the idea of turning Buckaroo Banzai into a TV Series, I feel this would work. Probably be something along the lines of Buffy the Vampire Slayer; funny mixed with action/adventure. But this is (cringe!) Kevin Smith. He can't write, he can't act and should stick to selling comic books and hockey jerseys. Find someone else to write this.
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9:09AM on 05/17/2016
I do think Buckaroo Banzai would work as a TV show, maybe even better than it did as a movie. Kevin Smith is not the first name that would've come to my mind, but I'm open to being surprised.
I do think Buckaroo Banzai would work as a TV show, maybe even better than it did as a movie. Kevin Smith is not the first name that would've come to my mind, but I'm open to being surprised.
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8:34AM on 05/17/2016

Apparently Hating On Kevin Smith is Just Trendy

Look I'm not trying to defend Yoga Hosers here but Red State was fantastic and that episode of The Flash was arguably the most emotionally resonant of the series. The guy still has talent. And not for nothing it's easy to jab at people from the safety of the Internet. What the fuck have you ever done? Say what you want about Kevin Smith I respect him for the fact that gives ZERO fucks about what people think of him.
Look I'm not trying to defend Yoga Hosers here but Red State was fantastic and that episode of The Flash was arguably the most emotionally resonant of the series. The guy still has talent. And not for nothing it's easy to jab at people from the safety of the Internet. What the fuck have you ever done? Say what you want about Kevin Smith I respect him for the fact that gives ZERO fucks about what people think of him.
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2:05AM on 05/17/2016
Sounds great. It's a weird, off-kilter property and Kevin Smith lives in weird and off-kilter. He'll crush it.
Sounds great. It's a weird, off-kilter property and Kevin Smith lives in weird and off-kilter. He'll crush it.
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1:16AM on 05/17/2016
This is cool, but is Kevin Smith the right person to be directing this? Hopefully he knocks it out of the ballpark!
This is cool, but is Kevin Smith the right person to be directing this? Hopefully he knocks it out of the ballpark!
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10:05PM on 05/16/2016
Can he do understated quirkiness?
Can he do understated quirkiness?
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7:56PM on 05/16/2016
Not Kevin Smith.
Not Kevin Smith.
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6:21PM on 05/16/2016

Why is anyone giving Kevin Smith money any more?

The guy is smoking too much pot to be a good writer, and acting more as a paid shill for anyone who will pay him (witness his pandering review of STAR WARS: REVENGE OF THE SITH) rather than developing his craft. RED STATE was damn near unwatchable and YOGA HOSERS is getting slammed left, right and center.

Dude needs to clean up, pronto.
The guy is smoking too much pot to be a good writer, and acting more as a paid shill for anyone who will pay him (witness his pandering review of STAR WARS: REVENGE OF THE SITH) rather than developing his craft. RED STATE was damn near unwatchable and YOGA HOSERS is getting slammed left, right and center.

Dude needs to clean up, pronto.
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6:03PM on 05/16/2016

So What

With KS's recent track record this show will make about as much of a splash on the small screen as the original Movie made on the Big Screen. It had a budget of $17 Million and made $6.3 Million at the box office.
With KS's recent track record this show will make about as much of a splash on the small screen as the original Movie made on the Big Screen. It had a budget of $17 Million and made $6.3 Million at the box office.
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