If you're a fan of the cult classic The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension!, then you were probably pretty happy to hear that director Kevin Smith was working on a TV version. Now, it looks like his show may have finally found a home. Fans might be able to check out the new version on Amazon when the production is finally ready for our eyes.
Word broke today that MGM, which owns the rights to the Buckaroo Banzai property, and Amazon are currently working on a deal that would see the new televised iteration of the film air on the streaming service. The Deadline report on the deal also notes that there's been no word as of yet how many episodes we could expect to see from the new show, but Amazon shows generally don't have more than 10 episodes per season, so it's a safe bet that the streamer will sign off for around that many episodes for the series.
In case you're not up on to date on classic cult sci-fi adventure movies from 1984, let me tell you that Buckaroo Banzai certainly classifies as one of the biggest movies in that genre. The film, which also covered genre elements from romance, satire and comedy movies, focused on the multi-talented Buckaroo Banzai (a man who just so happens to be a rock musician, physicist, test pilot, and neurosurgeon) who's tasked with saving the world from a group of inter-dimensional aliens from Planet 10. While it only made $6 million dollars in theaters, the movie went on to inspire a following, especially once it was released on home video.
The film combined so many genres that it easily became one of the most original, odd and fun to watch movies of the '80s. It helps that the movie, and the actors who starred in it, knew not to take it all too seriously, making what could have been a horrible mess of a movie into a so-wacky-it's-totally-enjoyable delight. The film starred a host of people who would go on to make big careers for themselves (even if they didn't become household names), including Peter Weller, Ellen Barkin, Christopher Lloyd, John Lithgow, Jeff Goldblum, Clancy Brown and Dan Hedaya.
It makes complete sense that a sci-fi, fantasy and comic book fan like Kevin Smith would enjoy Buckaroo Banzai so much that he'd want to bring it to a new generation on TV. The movie was basically a crazy, live-action comic, and that's exactly the kind of thing that would get and keep a fanboy like Smith excited. Right now, Smith's plan for the series is to re-make the plot of the film for Season 1, and then adapt the (eventually un-produced) sequel that was announced at the end of the film, Buckaroo Banzai Against the World Crime League.
So, now that a Buckaroo Banzai TV show is a lot closer to becoming a reality, are you excited to see it land at Amazon? Let us know in the comments.