Last we heard, Kevin Smith was apparently deep in development on a Buckaroo Banzai TV series for Amazon based on the cult classic sci-fi film by W. D. Richter and Earl Mac Rauch. The idea was to remake the original movie over one season and then follow it up with the sequel that fans have been dying to see ever since it was promised in the film’s end credits: Buckaroo Banzai Against the World Crime League. Unfortunately, it looks as though this project is now in limbo because MGM has decided to sue the creators of Buckaroo Banzai, who believe that they still own the rights to the property. Smith has ended his involvement as a result. Here’s what he had to say about the situation:
“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… I’m no longer involved. I don’t wish anybody harm; I wish all parties well. I hope these dudes come to an agreement, and if they do and they still want me involved down the road, I’ll be here. But why would they?”
You can watch Smith’s entire Facebook video below. The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension was released in 1984 by 20th Century Fox and starred Peter Weller, Jeff Goldblum, John Lithgow and Christopher Lloyd (among others). The rights have changed hands in various ways over the years, becoming increasingly difficult to track. Up until now, Richter and Rauch were not involved in the TV series and recently they tried to claim ownership over the property, stating that MGM has the rights to a single story but not the world and characters. Now MGM is taking them to court in order to settle it once and for all. Either way, it’s a messy situation and it sounds like it could be a while before we see any more adventures across the 8th dimension. Are you disappointed by this news? Do you think we’ll still get to see a Buckaroo Banzai TV series eventually?