A “Buckaroo Banzai” TV series project that has been in the works for a while and has hit a series of roadblocks has just run into another one, with the departure of “Clerks” director Kevin Smith from the project.
Smith explained in a rambling video posted online that he lost his enthusiasm for the project when he learned MGM was suing two of the key players behind the 1984 “Buckaroo Banzai” movie.
“After the studio filed legal paperwork November 23 against the 1984 movie’s director W.D. Richter and writer Earl Mac Rauch, the ‘Clerks’ creator went online today to declare ‘I’m no longer involved’ with the proposed Amazon TV series version,” Deadline.com reports.
Commenting on the legal issues surrounding the project, Smith is quoted in the report saying: “This is not what I signed up for. 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.”
“Additionally, Deadline has learned that with this pronouncement by Smith and MGM’s moves in the courts, the project is in limbo at Amazon until the legal matters are resolved,” the report adds.
Deadline notes that it reported back in the summer that Amazon and MGM had a deal in place for a “Buckaroo Banzai” TV series to be overseen by Smith, with an intended premiere in 2017.
Smith’s 18-minute Facebook Live video can be seen by clicking on the link above to Deadline.com.