While everyone else was putting their feet up over the Thanksgiving weekend, it seems Kevin Smith was exiting projects, as well as conceiving other ones. So let’s just jump into the latest from the filmmaker.
For a while now, Smith has been talking up a “Buckaroo Banzai” TV series he’d been developing based on the cult 1984 movie and which had progressed to a point that a deal had been locked down at Amazon. However, Deadline reported yesterday that the project hit a brick wall when a lawsuit was launched between MGM and the original film’s director Walter D. Richter and writer Earl Mac Rauch regarding the remake rights. And Smith isn’t going to wait around to see who emerges victorious.
“This is not what I signed up for,” Smith said explained in a Facebook live video. “I was caught off-guard [by the lawsuit]. I literally had no idea. It blows, man, because that’s the closest I’ve [come] to having my own show so far.” But he’s made it clear with whom his sympathies lie.
“Without those two dudes, I don’t fall in love with that property,” Smith said. “I don’t want to make anything unless those two dudes are involved. They had the vision. Like, all we’re doing is taking their amazing vision and making a TV show of it.”
So, what is next on Smith’s plate? There’s too many projects in play to run down here, but maybe a future date at Disney might be in order. On his “Fatman On Batman” podcast, Smith revealed he’d be interested in remaking 1971’s “Bedknobs and Broomsticks,” because hell, why not?
” ‘Bedknobs and Broomsticks’ can be remade today,” Smith explained (via Comic Book). “That movie can so f–king work today. In a world where Disney’s like, ‘Pete’s Dragon!’ and sh-t like that… Hey! I will f–king s-ck d-ck to make the remake of ‘Bedknobs and Broomsticks.’ ” Okay dude, calm down, and maybe call your agent to set up some meetings.
Check out both Smith’s Facebook talk and his podcast below.