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Fans of Buckaroo Banzai and/or Kevin Smith?

Discussion in 'The Watering Hole' started by dancebert, Jun 26, 2016.

  1. dancebert

    dancebert Mu-43 Veteran

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    Hua Hin, Thailand
    Fans of Buckaroo Banzai have waited long enough. Our prayers have been answered. Not a sequel movie, instead a TV series. If you've seen the Buckaroo Banzai movie, you don't need to be told the second season (if it happens) will be Buckaroo Banzai Against The World Crime League. If you haven't, you missed a cult classic that held tremendous appeal in 1984 with smart, young nerds who were ready for a non-linear movie way ahead of it's time, one filled with many WTF moments of 'I've never seen this before' thinking way outside the box. That, of course, explains why it flopped at the box office.

    Short version of origin story: Kevin has signed deals to make a 10 episode Buckaroo TV series with the rights holder and an unnamed 'content provider' for distribution. He also is in production (writing now, shooting in the summer) on a 10 episode TV series of Mallrats, after signing similar deals.

    Long version: Jay kept bugging Kevin to watch an episode of 'The Arrow'. Kevin did after they made an episode including an obscure character from the comic universe. Jay and Kev began watching it together, followed by in-depth discussion worthy of any hard core soap opera fans. After seeing their passion, Kev's wife suggested to his agent (yes, she went behind Kevin's back) to inquire if the show was interested in having Kevin direct an episode (they routinely used guest directors). Oh, hell yes! was the answer. It would be Kev's first time directing TV.

    Kevin rarely moves his camera, relying on character and dialog to tell the story. He knew he had to review some episodes to see how it was directed, and then do it the same way. He arrived, ready to shoot it their way, plus his personal touches as a fan of the comic. Before the episode aired, buzz went around Hollywood that Kev did an excellent job. That's 'excellent' relative to the show's standards, not to Kev's usual work.

    While on the set Jay asked Kev why can't you do Mallrats as a series. He'd tried and failed many times to make a movie sequel. The TV branch of the rights holder took his meeting and later offered him a deal.

    These days every studio wants sequels. MGM, the rights holder to Buckaroo, heard the buzz about Kevin (The Arrow and Mallrats) and had previously heard of him doing a podcast episode about Buckaroo with some of the stars. They knew his audience today would have been the Buckaroo audience in '84, so invited him to make a pitch. At the end of that meeting MGM offered him a deal. Kev & Co. set up 4 meetings with cable networks, all to happen on the same day. At the end of that day, 3 of the 4 called back with what Kevin described as 'hard core offers'.
     
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  2. Holoholo55

    Holoholo55 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 13, 2014
    Honolulu, HI
    Walter
    Cool! I would love to see more of Buckaroo. Hope they can keep the spirit and off-beat humor of the original.
     
  3. Phocal

    Phocal Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 3, 2014
    Never watched the show but I am a huge Kevin Smith fan so will definitely watch it.

    @Holoholo55@Holoholo55 if anyone can, it is Kevin Smith.
     
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  4. Holoholo55

    Holoholo55 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 13, 2014
    Honolulu, HI
    Walter
    You can probably find Buckaroo Banzai on Netflix or something. I have the DVD. Waited many years for that!
     
  5. dancebert

    dancebert Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jan 18, 2014
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    There are 2 official Buckaroo trailers on youtube. The studio had no idea how to market the film. The trailers are little more than WTF moments strung together as a tease.

    However, a fan made a 9 minute trailer that gives context to the WTFs, and shows some of the humor:

     
  6. robcee

    robcee Mu-43 Veteran

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    Rob Campbell
    Love BB, not convinced Smith is the right guy to bring it to a new generation.
     
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  7. dancebert

    dancebert Mu-43 Veteran

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    Care to say why?
     
  8. robcee

    robcee Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jan 10, 2016
    Toronto
    Rob Campbell
    What's your favorite Kevin Smith movie? Do you like more than one of them?

    I'm just not a huge fan of his writing. It's been a long time since I've seen a Kevin Smith movie. Probably not since Dogma which I personally found awful.

    But that was a long time ago and he's a big comic book nerd and loves movies. Buckaroo Banzai was pretty ridiculous (but awesome), so maybe it won't suck.
     
  9. dancebert

    dancebert Mu-43 Veteran

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    I've liked some of his movies, haven't seen most of them. Favorites are Clerks, Chasing Amy, Dogma, and Zack and Miri Make a Porno, in that order. Couldn't sit through Clerks a second time, but when it was released it was like nothing else I'd ever seen. Managed to watch all of Red State and Jay and Silent Bob Strike back.

    Smith did two things that give me hope, besides him being a HUGE BB fan. Both showed he can play nice with others material. Companies that own major comic characters have invited him several times to write a series. He's the sort of guy who would tell the story about how one didn't get past the writing stage, but hasn't happened. The other was his episode of The Arrow.

    Also adding hope is his role in BB wasn't announced. I can't imagine anyone would let him do his usual write + direct + edit and be show runner. He's been an executive producer but never been a show runner, so that would be a big career move. If I had to bet now, he'll be head writer and Director. Like most head writers or show runners who are worth a damn, when it comes time to turn the outline created by the writer's room into a script, Kev would give it to the writer who has the best feel for it because he knows BB isn't his original material. Why share the directing? Even with great directors of photography and lighting, Kev is probably going to need (and MGM is probably going to insist) he has a first rate assistant director(s?) to ensure all the episodes have the same look and feel. The assistant would be rewarded with episode(s) to direct.
     
  10. dancebert

    dancebert Mu-43 Veteran

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    Kev said BB will be a pilot for Amazon.
     
  11. Leighgion

    Leighgion Mu-43 Regular

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    Leigh L Pang
    I loved Buckaroo Banzai. Not sure Smith is the right man for this job, but I'll try to be cautiously optimistic.
     
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