We will not think less of you if you read this next part and then think to yourself, “I know those words but that sentence didn’t make any sense.” Buckaroo Banzai may be coming to a small screen soon thanks to Kevin Smith. The words Kevin Smith probably need no explanation. The Clerks director and actor is coming off a turn at directing CW‘s The Flash. Buckaroo Banzai on the other hand might need some explaining.
Way back in 1984 there was this movie. Its name was The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension and it starred Peter Weller, John Lithgow and Jeff Goldblum. It was about a rock star/brain surgeon/samurai/etc that had to stop aliens from another dimension. Bet you can guess which one. We’ll stop here, because that’s about as far into the convoluted plot as we can get without being too verbose. At the end of the movie we were promised a sequel. The thing is no one really cared and the movie flopped. Over thirty years later though, as geek culture would have it, the movie is a cult hit. How does that keep happening?
In his Hollywood Babble-On podcast Smith talked about how MGM executives approached him to see if he wanted to turn Buckaroo Banzai into a TV show and he was all over it. Like any good nerd who was raised in the 80’s he naturally had all his ideas ready to go.
“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,” Smith explained.
Have a listen for yourself here. The Buckaroo Banzai talk starts about eleven minutes into the May 13th podcast that is just today starting to garner some attention.
Will Silent Bob revive an attempted and aging B-movie franchise? The better question is probably which movie stars from today will come along. Ben Affleck as the title character?