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Kevin Smith Leaves ‘Buckaroo Banzai’ Amid Lawsuits

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Kevin Smith has been on a roll in the small screen. In addition to his talk shows, Comic Book Men and Geeking Out, he’s been guest directing episodes of The Flash and Supergirl. It looks like Smith caught the TV bug and wanted to continue by adapting a classic movie as a TV series. Fans of the 1980’s cult classic The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension recently got excited as the director revealed that he was working with MGM and Amazon on adapting a TV series based on the original film. It looks like that excitement was a little premature.

During a Facebook Live message yesterday, Smith revealed that he was no longer going to be involved in the project. As always, business politics got in the way. MGM recently filed a lawsuit against the original film’s screenwriter (Earl Mac Rauch) and director (W.D. Richter) to clarify rights for the original film so that they could continue developing the TV series. Smith was very interested adapting the film because he wanted to work with them and this rubbed him the wrong way.

“This is not what I signed up for. I was caught off-guard [by the lawsuit]. I literally had no idea. It blows, man, because that’s the closest I’ve [come] to having my own show so far.”

This will probably place the project on hold until they can find a new showrunner as Smith was heavily involved with the project. Hopefully, the lawsuit resolves itself amicably and perhaps Smith will have a change of heart so that the TV adaptation can move forward.

Source: Screen Rant

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