Remember a few weeks back when Kevin Smith started sporting his Banzai Institute hockey jersey on his Instagram feed? It may not have been a fun homage to a great movie, Smith may actually be working on a Buckaroo Banzai television series.
"No Matter Where You Go, There You Are." My new jersey, featuring the Banzai Institute logo from the cult classic film THE ADVENTURES OF BUCKAROO BANZAI. Thanks to a brilliant script, earnest performances and assured direction, this imaginative tale about a heroic quantum physicist/brain surgeon/rock star battling alien invaders is one of my favorite movies of all time. One of the reasons I loved it so much as a kid was because the #BanzaiInstitute was supposed to be in New Jersey. Imagine being a movie buff kid before the age of the Internet, and you're watching this wonderfully fucked up film when suddenly they tell you it's set where you live. In the mid-80's, Jersey was the butt of many a nuclear waste joke. To discover that this insanely original flick was set in the Garden State filled me with Jersey pride. Fuck all the jokes slating the state: like Edison before him, Buckaroo Banzai – the genius scientist behind the Oscillation Overthruster – set up shop in #NewJersey. And it was from Jersey that he and his Hong Kong Cavaliers would've battled Hanoi Xan and the World Crime League… if we ever got that promised sequel. (My crest designed by the #PerfectTommy of graphic designers, @jeffquigley.) #buckaroobanzai #KevinSmith #blueblazeirregulars #lectroids #yoyodynepropulsionsystems
During the May 13th Hollywood Babble-On podcast, Kevin Smith discussed a meeting he’s had with MGM following the success of his Flash directing experience.
“(Flash) opened some weird doors. Today’s meeting was pretty massive. I was meeting with MGM…about turning The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension into a television series.”
Apparently the studio wanted to know if Smith had any ideas on how to turn the movie into a TV show. “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.”
From Smith’s explaination, it looks like MGM wants to do a Fargo-esque take on the property.
Buckaroo Banzai as a television series has been in the works forever. Way back in 1998, FOX did some initial work in bringing the adventures of Buckaroo and the Hong Kong Cavaliers to life, but it never progressed beyond a few test shots of the jet car.
It’s not set in stone, but Smith is hopeful, and quite honestly, so am I!
via Hollywood Babble-On