Physicist/neurosurgeon/test pilot/samurai/rock star Buckaroo Banzai is headed for his least ambitious career yet: Kevin Smith TV series lead.
Entertainment Weekly has confirmed that Smith is in development on a television adaptation of The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension, the most wonderfully bizarre, tongue-in-cheek sci-fi-action-romance of 1984 or pretty much ever.
Buckaroo Banzai is a longtime cult favorite of many film-makers and -lovers--notably, Wes Anderson gave a deliberate nod to the its memorable end credits sequence in The Life Aquatic--and Smith recently called it "one of my favorite movies in the world and largely responsible for the weird shit that I make, because that movie was supposed to be one thing but it did it in another way." And now he hopes that "other way" will be in the style of modern-day Kevin Smith.
He explained, "Basically, you just do the entire movie for season 1, and then season 2 you finally do the sequel [teased at the end of the movie] we've all dreamed about, Buckaroo Banzai Versus the World Crime League." Which, yes, is something you could do. But why would you, when RoboCop (2014) has already taught us the obvious lesson that you shouldn't mess with '80s sci-fi satires only Peter Weller is ice-cold-cool enough to handle?