We’ve long known that Kevin Smith has been talking about ‘Buckaroo Banzai‘ as being near the top of his list for upcoming film or television projects though now it looks as if the director has officially stepped away from it. He’s been wanting to adapt the 1984 cult classic ‘The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai: Across the 8th Dimension’ for years and even seemed as if he would be working on it in the upcoming year. Unfortunately, MGM announced a lawsuit against the original screenwriter and directory to clarify who owns the rights to the franchise.
This lawsuit is actually why Smith is “no longer involved” because the reason he loved the first movie was due to “those two guys” so having a lawsuit against them is against everything he loves. He didn’t have anything bad to say directly about MGM but clarified how he felt about this lawsuit against director W.D. Richter and writer Earl Mac Rauch:
“This is not what I signed up for. I was caught off-guard [by the lawsuit]. I literally had no idea. It blows, man, because that’s the closest I’ve [come] to having my own show so far.”
It really is a shame that the plans he had with Amazon and MGM have fallen through. While the show was never officially greenlit, it seemed that talks had progressed far enough that it would happen. If that is still the case, we’ll likely see the show just without Smith at the helm.
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