Smith Seeks Wright, Tarantino For “Buckaroo”

One of the more exciting small screen announcements in the last month or so has been the news that filmmaker Kevin Smith is working on a TV series adaptation of MGM’s 1984 cult classic sci-fi adventure “The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension”.

Smith scored the gig after his job directing an episode of The CW’s “The Flash” series last year. Now he plans to continue the trend of getting high profile filmmakers guest directing random episodes of a TV series they’re otherwise not involved in. Speaking with at Fantasia Fest, Smith revealed the names of a handful of directors that he hopes to recruit to helm episodes he’s not involved in:

“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. ‘Quentin was here, he didn’t fuck it up!'”

The original film is a sci-fi action adventure about a physicist, neurosurgeon, test pilot, and rock musician tasked with saving the world from a group of interdimensional aliens. Smith says that fans can expect a fairly loyal transition in its adaptation to series:

“With ‘Buckaroo Banzai’ we get to tell the whole movie in ten episodes, so you get to expand some things. We’re gonna take a lot of stuff from Earl Mac Rauch’s brilliant novelization book of ‘Buckaroo Banzai’ that included Hanoi Xan, his arch nemesis, who we want Peter Weller to play. We’ll layer that in, but also moments like… In ‘Buckaroo Banzai they’re all standing around talking about when the aliens came during the night of the ‘War of the Worlds’ broadcast. It’s people trading information, saying it out loud. We’re gonna do a whole episode about that night and them approaching Orson Welles and all that. Moments where you’re like, ‘Wow, that’s a cool concept’ you get to expand and play with a little bit.”

MGM is producing the new series, though there’s no word on when it’ll begin production. Smith is also at work on his “Mallrats” sequel TV series.