Kevin Smith Gracefully Exits Buckaroo Banzai Series
All it took was a Google search and Kevin Smith had to bow-out of the Buckaroo Banzai series for Amazon.
Early today Smith was going down the Google rabbit hole looking for articles on Bedknobs and Broomsticks (he thinks it should be remade: See video below), when he came across a HR report that stated MGM was taking the Buckaroo Banzai creators to court of the rights of the property.
Simply put, MGM filed a complaint in California federal court against Earl Mac Rauch, who wrote the 1984 film about a neurosurgeon/rock star who saves Earth from malevolent aliens, and Walter Richter, who directed the picture that stars Peter Weller, John Lithgow, Jeff Goldblum and Christopher Lloyd.
Rauch and Richter "have now asserted in multiple letters to Plaintiffs that they, not Plaintiffs, supposedly own the exclusive right to produce and distribute a Buckaroo Banzai television series," states MGM's lawsuit. "There is now a substantial controversy between the parties with great immediacy. MGM seeks to develop its new television series without Defendants’ interference. Accordingly, Plaintiffs bring this action to seek a declaration of the rights and legal relations of the parties with regard to Buckaroo Banzai."
Through the lawsuit, MGM says Rauch and Richter have been aware since at least 2008 that it was pursuing a television series based on Buckaroo Banzai, and in 2011, the writer and director asserted ownership rights. MGM repudiated the claim, and it would hardly be the last time the two sides would trade letters on this topic.
Now back to Kevin Smith.... See Smith had no idea about the lawsuit and just learned of it today. Now Smith has decided to leave the series, because "do the right thing".
Here, hear Smith tell it in his own words...