Comic Book Men star Kevin Smith has closed a deal with Amazon and MGM to bring a television series based on the 1984 cult sci-fi comedy THE ADVENTURES OF BUCKAROO BANZAI to the streaming service in 2017. Smith received a green light for the series from MGM earlier this year and has been shopping the show to networks since. At this point, a specific episode count has not been announced.
Directed and produced by W. D. Richter and written by Earl Mac Rauch, the original film concerns the efforts of the multi-talented Dr. Buckaroo Banzai, a physicist, neurosurgeon, test pilot, and rock musician, to save the world by defeating a band of inter-dimensional aliens called Red Lectroids from Planet 10. The film is a cross between the action-adventure and sci-fi film genres and also includes elements of comedy, satire, and romance. In conjunction with the film’s 1984 release, Marvel Comics published a comic book adaptation. Smith has said that he plans to use the first season of the series to retell a similar story to that of the film, with subsequent seasons taking the adventure into new directions.
Smith, who started his career as the writer-director of low-budget comedies Clerks, Chasing Amy, and Mallrats, has carved out a massive audience in the comic book world largely cultivated through his popular podcast Smodcast and his reality series Comic Book Men. Smith is scheduled to host a panel at Comic-Con in Hall H on Saturday, where details of the deal are expected to be revealed. His Comic-Con centered AMC series Geeking Out will premiere at the convention on Sunday.
Smith is repped by WME.
Josh Lyons | Managing Editor