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Kevin Smith Wants Peter Weller, Edgar Wright & More For Buckaroo Banzai TV Series

Posted By:Matt McGloin
Tue, 05/17/2016 - 13:12

Last night saw it revealed that Kevin Smith is developing a TV series based on the 1984 Buckaroo Banzai film.

Now Smith has released new details, which includes mention he wants original star, Peter Weller, as the bad guy of the TV series, that all of the original cast is welcome to return, and that he wants to use an all-star roster of directors and writers with Edgar Wright, Richard Kelley and WD Richter mentioned.

Via Instagram:

I've been tapped to adapt BUCKAROO BANZAI into a series, which is something of a dream come true: I've loved the 1984 movie since I was a kid. My well-read copy of the film's novelization by screenwriter Earl Mac Rauch is my Bible. But I'm not gonna be directing this alone: it is my intent to assemble a dream team of cult movie directors for the 10 episodes of this #BuckarooBanzai series - folks like #DonnieDarko director Richard Kelly, #ShaunOfTheDead director @edgar_wright and of course, the #Banzai director himself - WD Richter. Same with the writing: I want to bring in the creator Rauch himself to write the flashback episode detailing the night the black Lectroids came to Earth (with the help of #OrsonWelles and his War of the Worlds broadcast.) The other scripts will be penned by other #BlueBlazeIrregulars who worship this flick like I do. Cast-wise, I'm hoping to get the great Peter Weller to play Team Banzai's greatest enemy, Hanoi Xan! And any cast member from the original who wants to play is gonna be welcomed like returning conquering heroes. Long story short? Don't worry: I'm not gonna #KevinSmith this Banzai series at all. It's gonna be 100% true Buckaroo. Which means the watermelon will NEVER be explained. #MGM #yoyodyne #buckaroobanzaiagainsttheworldcrimeleague

 

I've been tapped to adapt BUCKAROO BANZAI into a series, which is something of a dream come true: I've loved the 1984 movie since I was a kid. My well-read copy of the film's novelization by screenwriter Earl Mac Rauch is my Bible. But I'm not gonna be directing this alone: it is my intent to assemble a dream team of cult movie directors for the 10 episodes of this #BuckarooBanzai series - folks like #DonnieDarko director Richard Kelly, #ShaunOfTheDead director @edgar_wright and of course, the #Banzai director himself - WD Richter. Same with the writing: I want to bring in the creator Rauch himself to write the flashback episode detailing the night the black Lectroids came to Earth (with the help of #OrsonWelles and his War of the Worlds broadcast.) The other scripts will be penned by other #BlueBlazeIrregulars who worship this flick like I do. Cast-wise, I'm hoping to get the great Peter Weller to play Team Banzai's greatest enemy, Hanoi Xan! And any cast member from the original who wants to play is gonna be welcomed like returning conquering heroes. Long story short? Don't worry: I'm not gonna #KevinSmith this Banzai series at all. It's gonna be 100% true Buckaroo. Which means the watermelon will NEVER be explained. #MGM #yoyodyne #buckaroobanzaiagainsttheworldcrimeleague

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