The controversy surrounding the Buckaroo Banzai TV series just exploded, and not it looks like Kevin Smith will no longer be involved with the production. That’s a pretty big blow to the entire development and may very well spell the end of it.
No ruling has been made, but there is an ongoing lawsuit between MGM and director W.D. Richter and writer Earl Mac Rauch. Richter and Rauch were the original people behind the 1984 movie of the same name which is being adapted to television for Amazon. The reason this is getting out of hand is because this is a copyright lawsuit filed by a big studio against two people that don’t want their movie to be adapted for television. A launch date for the series was expected in 2017, but now that is as good as dead.
The reason Smith is backing out is obvious, and he made it clear with a social media video post. He wouldn’t want a big studio to remake his creative property against his wishes, so why would he participate in something similar? Even if the lawsuit is settled and the show moves forward, it will be without Smith’s involvement. He did extend an olive branch to the original creators in case they still wanted to involve him in the project, but considering what path this lawsuit is taking, there is little hope that it will turn out favorably for either side.
Fans of Smith are noticeably bummed since this would have been the first show of his very own. There will definitely be others, although missing out on this one is big. If Richter and Rauch can come to terms and decide to call Smith, who knows?
What will be the outcome of the lawsuit? Is MGM in the right or are you with the original creators?