Back in April, director Kevin Smith's episode of The Flash aired, which was highly praised by both fans and critics alike. Last month, the filmmaker revealed on his Hollywood Babble-On podcast that this episode suddenly started leading to a lot more opportunities on the small screen, with MGM reaching out to him to gauge his interest in making a TV series based on the 1984 cult classic film The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension. The director said that he would start pitching his take for a Buckaroo Banzai TV series to networks this month, and now it seems the show has found a home.
The original movie followed the title character, played by Peter Weller, an adventurer/surgeon/rock star, who takes on evil alien invaders from the 8th dimension alongside his band of men, the Hong Kong Cavaliers. The movie also starred John Lithgow, Ellen Barkin, Jeff Goldblum and Christopher Lloyd. While it only made $6.2 million during its theatrical run, it became a cult classic in the years that followed. During an interview with Philadelphia radio station WMMR, Kevin Smith teased that they have sold Buckaroo Banzai as a TV series, but he wouldn't reveal where it's heading yet since the deal is still in the works. Here's what he had to say below.
"I went and directed an episode of The Flash this past season. I loved doing it. I get to go back in August and I get to do another one. When I went up there, that was a big game-changer for my career. Apparently, that was some of the best work I had done in a long time, not just the Internet, but the press, in terms of directing. I felt at home, in the medium. Because I did the episode of The Flash, MGM reached out about Buckaroo Banzai, and suddenly that came together. We went out and pitched yesterday, and found a home for it. I can't say who it is, because the deal isn't final, but yesterday, we sold Buckaroo Banzai as a TV series."
Kevin Smith teased last month that the first season of his Buckaroo Banzai series would essentially be a re-telling of the original movie, while the second season would give fans "the sequel we've all been waiting for," which would feature Buckaroo Banzai squaring off against the World Crime League. It isn't clear at this time if Kevin Smith has gone ahead and written a full pilot script, or if he will direct the pilot as well.
The director also revealed in his interview with Philadelphia radio station that he is turning his movie sequel idea for Mallrats 2 into a 10-episode TV series. When the project was moving forward as a movie, the director had secured almost the entire original cast, with the exception of Ben Affleck, but it isn't known if they will all be returning for a 10-episode TV series. Stay tuned for more on both Buckaroo Banzai and Mallrats TV shows coming from Kevin Smith.