Actor/director/writer/producer Kevin Smith recently directed an episode of The CW’s hit series ‘The Flash’ and according to Smith, the gig opened a lot of “weird doors” for him. Smith made his name on low-budget comedies but it seems he is now turning his attention to television and is currently developing a TV series based on cult favorite sci-fi movie ‘The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension.’
The original film, written by Earl Mac Rauch, was released in 1984 and starred Peter Weller as Buckaroo Banzai, a rock star/surgeon/scientist who leads his band against an alien invasion. The film also starred John Lithgow, Ellen Barkin, Jeff Goldblum and Christopher Lloyd. The odd film, which was a mix of action adventure and comedy proved too weird for audiences at the time, but in the decades since, it has earned a devoted cult following.
Smith explains how his ‘Flash’ gig led to this project, saying:
“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’.”
The project is in the works with MGM and Smith hopes to shop it around as soon as later this month. He also expressed a desire to bring back as many original cast members as possible.
FOX attempted to develop a ‘Buckaroo Banzai’ series in 1998 but the project went nowhere past some computer animated test footage. The characters have been revived in the form of comic books written by Rauch.
Are you a fan of the original movie? Are you excited to see it return as a TV show? Do you think Smith is the right creator for this new version?