When you hear people talk about “the Hollywood machine” it’s best to picture a contraption with a conveyor belt leading to a steel chute full of hammers and spinning blades. Good scripts are like adorable lambs who look at you with big, trusting eyes as you tearfully place them on the belt and assure them that they’re going to a big multiplex theater upstate where all the popcorn is free and none of the usherettes have acne. One man who knows the ins and outs of the machine better than most is supernerd Kevin Smith. While some of his scripts have staggered into cinemas, many more have become clogged in the cogs and gears. If he’s still got the fight in him, here are five Kevin Smith projects we’d like to see him resurrect.
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.
Earlier this year Clerks creator Kevin Smith spoke on his Hollywood Babble-On podcast, saying that “weird doors” started to open after his episode of The Flash aired. And apparently one of those weird doors led to a meeting with MGM and into talks about turning the cult flick The Adventures Of Buckaroo Banzai Across The 8th Dimension into a TV series. And if the rumors are true, the Banzai TV series may soon have found a landing bay with the quickly growing streaming giant Amazon. MGM and Amazon are rumored to be close to locking down a deal which would bring W.D. Richter and Earl Mac Rauch‘s 1984 cult classic sci-fi adventure comedy to the small screen.
Kevin Smith has typically been a love him or hate him director. He received much acclaim for Clerks and Chasing Amy in his early years but quickly became a go to for critic vitriol with Jersey Girl and some of his latter movies. With this years release of Yoga Hosers, his followup to Tusk, it seemed critics of Smith would only have more fodder. However once he directed an episode of The Flash, all that criticism seemed to almost wash away. Even hard core Smith haters have come around, at least partially. So now that Smith has a leg into TV what’s his next move? Buckaroo Banzai of course! (more…)
One major problem I have with the movie industry is how they devise movie names. I mean seriously, there are time when I hear the name of a movie and thing to myself, that’s a pretty interesting name for a movie, and I think this is what its about…and then I go and waste 10 bucks to find out it was nothing what I expected and just wasted my time and money on something horrific. But then again, movie trailers do that same thing sometimes, or maybe I’m just stupid. Either way, I thought it would be interesting to give you some examples of how a few Sci-Fi movies have led me to believe they where about something completely different then what I imagined. And when you see the movie names, stop and take a guess first…then read what it’s really about…