Could Buckaroo Banzai be heading to TV?

One of the more bizarre movies of the 1980s, Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension, never caught on with geeks as much as other films from that time period (Back to the Future, Robocop, etc.), but it did become a cult favorite among some of us.

Buckaroo Banzai poster artwork.

Buckaroo Banzai poster artwork.

Now comes news that Kevin Smith (Clerks, Chasing Amy, Mallrats) would like to develop Buckaroo Banzai into a TV series.

Smith says that his pitch was that the first season of this show would be an adaptation of the original movie (which starred Peter Weller as a neurosurgeon/physicist/rock star/race car driver), with subsequent seasons covering Buckaroo Banzai Against The World Crime League, a nonexistent sequel teased in the original film’s credits.

It’s still too early to say whether this would become a reality, but there’s at least one fan in this household who would tune in (yes, that’s me in 1985). I got the poster at a local screening before I headed out to college (I hadn’t really thought about how I was going to decorate my dorm room yet).

Keith Shaw Buckaroo Banzai

Sadly, I don’t have the poster anymore (or that orange towel, or the Asia album, or the Huey Lewis and the News T-shirt, or, for that matter, that hairstyle).

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