Buckaroo Banzai, the long-gestating franchise, is finally getting another shot at life, and Kevin Smith is handling it.
My love of The Adventure of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension has not diminished one bit. Originally released on Aug. 10, 1984, the film earned a whopping $6,254,148 at the box office, so you are forgiven if you aren’t familiar with it, but it has officially reached cult classic status many years ago. It is an insane film, and just darn fun to watch.
A few months back it was revealed that Kevin Smith has been tapped to bring it back as a television series, and during Comic-Con he announced that Amazon has picked it up for its pilot program. Should it go to series it would be 10 one-hour episodes retelling the original movie.
Speaking with ComingSoon during Fantasia Fest, Smith revealed some of his plans.
I wanna get the people who loved it as much as me, so people like Richard Kelly, Edgar Wright, I’m gonna reach out to Quentin Tarantino, see if they’ll direct an episode. ‘Here’s a chunk of change, a 50-page script, eight days… go make your section.’ That’d be fun. It also means I won’t take all the heat myself. ‘Quentin was here, he didn’t f*** it up!’
He then went into greater detail
With ‘Buckaroo Banzai’ we get to tell the whole movie in ten episodes, so you get to expand some things. We’re gonna take a lot of stuff from Earl Mac Rauch’s brilliant novelization book of ‘Buckaroo Banzai’ that included Hanoi Xan, his arch nemesis, who we want Peter Weller to play. We’ll layer that in, but also moments like… In ‘Buckaroo Banzai they’re all standing around talking about when the aliens came during the night of the ‘War of the Worlds’ broadcast. It’s people trading information, saying it out loud. We’re gonna do a whole episode about that night and them approaching Orson Welles and all that. Moments where you’re like, ‘Wow, that’s a cool concept’ you get to expand and play with a little bit.
A part of me hope they don’t explain the watermelon. (If you haven’t seen the movie… don’t ask)
Smith has talked about his love of the film for years, and his gig directing an episode of The Flash last season led to this. I feel the Banzai brand is in good hands with him, and I can not wait to see more of this character and his Hong Kong Cavaliers.
And if you’ve never seen the film, do yourself a favor and see it. It’s amazing in its weirdness and the way it just totally embraces it.
And remember… no matter where you go, there you are.
Source: ComingSoon .