EXCLUSIVE: Kevin Smith’s TV version of cult flick The Adventures Of Buckaroo Banzai Across The 8th Dimension looks like it has found a home with Amazon. MGM and the streaming service are close to locking a deal that will see the Mallrats director bring the 1984 sci-fi adventure comedy to the small screens sometime in the next year, I hear.
There is no specific episode commitment yet for for the series at this development stage. Still, picking up the iconic Buckaroo will certainly increase Amazon’s Comic-Con cred, with the streamer already making a large San Diego footprint with its downtown Amazon Village and panels today for Thunderbirds Are Go and The Man In The High Castle.
If final negotiations close in the next day or so, the deal could be one of many topics the never-short-for-words Smith addresses at his Comic-Con Hall H appearance Saturday. Since revealing that MGM gave a green light to his series pitch earlier this year, Smith has already said he’d like to see original star Peter Weller and cast members John Lithgow, Christopher Lloyd, and Jeff Goldblum show up in the TV adaptation of the movie directed by W.D. Richter and penned by Earl Mac Rauch. A longtime fan of the film, Smith has also said he sees the first season of any potential Buckaroo series as a new look at the plot of the pic, using a second season to take the story to new places.
Buckaroo Banzai isn’t the only new TV Smith could be chatting about on Saturday. The Clerks director and SDCC royalty has the debut of his Comic-Con-centric AMC series Geeking Out on Sunday. The opener of the Greg Grunberg co-hosted 30-minute pop culture series will see old Smith pal and Bourne star Matt Damon strutting his stuff as well.