buckaroo banzai

After his turn as director for the phenomenal ‘The Flash’ Season 2 episode ‘The Runaway Dinosaur,‘ fans of Kevin Smith will be excited to hear that the man is not done with dabbling in the world of television. Which makes sense, especially as TV has garnered  more favor from critics and audiences in recent years, and is seen more and more as a legitimate source of artistic entertainment. So what project has he chosen to take to the small screen? A little tale known as ‘Buckaroo Banzai,’ which some might remember as a cult classic from 1984, which was a movie about a genius hero and his attempt to save the Earth from an alien attack. The Smith remake will be titled ‘Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension’ and will be a 10 episode series for Amazon, which he clearly seems very excited about, and he has big plans on how to carry out his vision for the show. It seems he wants the series to be a collaborative filmmaking experience and is inviting some truly big film names to join him on his quest:

“The big fun for me is going to be collecting the team, ’cause I ain’t gonna direct it all. 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. (laughs) ‘Quentin was here, he didn’t fuck it up!’

Whether or not he can legitimately get any of those directors (especially if he is on a limited budget from Amazon) is anyone’s guess, but I would not put it past the man to have already worked out some of these deals. And with Smith helming the show and guiding these huge talents in their individual episodes, this could truly be an amazing series, if nothing else just for the talent behind the camera.

What are your thoughts on ‘Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension?’ Do you think Smith might be onto something here, and will be the first show runner to start pulling serious directing talent from movies onto their shows? Share your opinions on the matter in the comments below!

Source: Cinema Blend

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