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Legal Battle Rages Over 1984 Cult Film

Mar 16, 2017  •  Post A Comment

The battle to do a TV adaptation of a 1984 cult film is being waged in court, where legal documents were filed by Earl Mac Rauch and Walter Richter, the writer and director, respectively, of “Buckaroo Banzai,” in response to a complaint from MGM, The Hollywood Reporter’s THR, Esq. reports.

The movie’s full title is “The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension.”

“According to original complaint filed by MGM in November, Rauch and Richter have gotten in the way of reprising Buckaroo’s adventures for Amazon Studios with Kevin Smith at the helm,” THR reports. “After THR broke news about the litigation, Smith bowed out. Nevertheless, there’s still plenty to resolve with both sides seeking declaratory relief on ownership with the creators also now adding a counterclaim for copyright infringement.”

In their counterclaim, Rauch and Richter say the original deal from the early 1980s for rights to the property by MGM was far more limited than how MGM is portraying it now.

“Both sides seem to wish to reboot the property, but they aren’t working together,” THR notes. Click here to go to the THR story for all the grisly legal details.

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