Kevin Smith in Talks to Bring Back Buckaroo Banzai as a Television Show
Kevin Smith, in his co-hosted podcast Hollywood Babble-On, recently revealed that he has been in talks with MGM to bring back the cult science fiction/comic book film The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension.
Smith revealed that MGM approached him, stating they heard that he likes Buckaroo Banzai from a podcast that the director did with Peter Weller and John Lithgow (who both starred in the Buckaroo Banzai film).
MGM spoke to Smith’s agent first, stating that they took Fargo and turned it into an award winning TV show and explaining how they would like to do the same with Buckaroo Banzai.
Smith adores the film to the degree that he calls it “his childhood.” He explained:
“This is one of the reasons I make f*cked up movies… Bukaroo Banzai was the sh*t that appealed to me. They didn’t do it straight forward, they did it very left of centre and very weird.”
Smith credits his recent success in directing The Flash (the episode The Runaway Dinosaur, which he did a superb job with) as another reason for MGM deciding to reach out to him.
MGM asked Smith: “what would you do to turn Buckaroo Banzai into a series?” and Smith explained that he would do the entire film across the whole arc of Season 1, then for Season 2 he would “do the sequel we’ve always dreamed about: Buckaroo Banzai versus the World Crime League.”
The next step is to find a network to take on the show, but Smith speaks of the project hopefully, stating that he is very excited about bringing back a film which never found its audience back in its time.
Smith also revealed that he would reach out to the film’s cast to try to bring them back for the TV show. Not to play the same roles, but to play the villains. Specifically, Smith wants Peter Weller to play the “Joker-like villain” – a villain called Hanoi Xan – who they didn’t put in the film, but who exists in the comic books and in the novelisation.
Smith already has roles in mind for himself and for Jason Mewes. Smith wants to play John Bigboote and he wants Mewes to play John O’Connor.
The director states that he feels like everything that he’s being doing lately has all been training him up for this one show. Let’s hope that Smith gets the chance to see this through and show us what he can do to revive this geek cult classic. We’d love to see Smith’s take on it.
Images credit: MGM