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Banzai Institute activity' Is W.D.'s BB trying to get active with his genius again'

Hey folks, Harry here... Surely the world isn't cool enough to let Buckaroo Banzai loose again. For those charter members of the Banzai Institute - this story goes out to all of you. Is this a portent of future more cinematic developments - let us all put on lab coats and work the numbers... the answer is there somewhere...

Hi guys,

Big Shoulders here. Not sure if you heard about this yet.

It appears that Moonstone will be releasing an illustrated Buckaroo Banzai trade paperback sometime in 2005! The novel promises to be a brand new adventure, chronicling the further exploits of the celebrated multidisciplinary science guru/rock music god and his associates, the incomparable Hong Kong Cavaliers.

This is an extraordinary development. As recently as last month, Simon & Schuster were pondering Earl Mac Rauch's latest draft of a new Buckaroo Banzai novel. I have e-mailed WD Richter and Earl Mac Rauch to confirm what is already posted at the Moonstone website (Click Here) and in this press release (Click Here), but it sure looks like Buckaroo will soon be saddling-up and back on the clock once again.

Fellow BBIs, rejoice!

Big Shoulders

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  • Jan. 3, 2005, 9:29 a.m. CST


    by ejcarter9

    Very spiffy indeed.

  • Jan. 3, 2005, 9:35 a.m. CST

    John THIRD!

    by Squashua


  • Jan. 3, 2005, 9:37 a.m. CST


    by Mr Brownstone

    I just finished rereading the Banzai novelization (original printing). I wonder if this new one deals with the diabolical Xan and his World Crime League as promised more than 20 years ago! I sure fucking hope so.

  • Jan. 3, 2005, 9:47 a.m. CST


    by rkhalloran

    The movie was *supposed* to have a funky retro feel to it. A new BB movie would have to be utterly recast though, it's sadly been much too long since the original and the principals are way too older to reprise their roles.

  • I TRIED to like the movie in high school, but found it a bit boring. I saw it in the theater upon release and just didn't get it. Repo Man I get. And another thing about Revenge Of The Sith....It won't be that good because George Lucas is directly involved. All great Star Wars projects now are made by people who have no desire to profit on the toys and kiddie characters. EXAMPLES: The Clone Wars cartoon is excellent and dark with nothing "cute" or funny about it. Heir To The Empire novels are the same. The Knights Of The Old Republic video games are wicked cool. Ahh, what's the point?

  • Jan. 3, 2005, 10:25 a.m. CST


    by Gislef_crow

    Well Moonstone has always been a class act - check out their Kolchak stuff sometime, particularly the Prestige format issues (which I think the first four were being released in a compilation). Good work, with support from Kolchak creator Jeff Rice and chronicler Mark Dawidziak. So if they can bring that kind of talent in to a BB comic, it could certainly work.

  • Jan. 3, 2005, 10:33 a.m. CST

    Saddle Up!

    by RenoNevada2000

    Hot diggity damn! I've been a Buckaroo Banzai fan since I first saw the movie back during its initial release. With news that EMR is also working on a quartet of BB novels, its looking like 2005 is shaping up to be a banner year for us Blue Blaze Irregulars!

  • Jan. 3, 2005, 11:40 a.m. CST

    BB is a funny movie

    by jawaburger

    but it's time has past. New material just seems silly and without merit. just go buy, or rent the original, and enjoy, becuase you just can't repeat something that wacky successfully

  • Jan. 3, 2005, 11:55 a.m. CST

    BB is still alive!

    by Mel Torme

    Just look at the shot for shot tribute to Buckaroo Banzai at the end credits of The Life Aquatic.

  • Jan. 3, 2005, 12:15 p.m. CST


    by Archduke_Chocula

    ......Another movie would be cool.....wasn't Big Trouble in Little China a heavily reworked script?

  • Jan. 3, 2005, 1:04 p.m. CST


    by ejcarter9

    There. Was that so hard?

  • Jan. 3, 2005, 1:10 p.m. CST

    clancy brown is the messiah.

    by joe brady

    and one day all will kneel before him.

  • Jan. 3, 2005, 1:38 p.m. CST

    I found a recap of what happened with the 1999 Fox pilot script.

    by Declan_Swartz

  • Jan. 3, 2005, 1:41 p.m. CST

    I would hope Richter and Rauch would realize they should take th

    by Declan_Swartz

  • Jan. 3, 2005, 1:55 p.m. CST

    Clancy Brown

    by Johnny Smith

    Is most assuredly the Messiah. I agree wholeheartedly.

  • Jan. 3, 2005, 2:47 p.m. CST

    Anything that revives Weller's career has my full support.

    by Mel Garga

    Anyone out there whose parents were divorced in the eighties AND saw the film Firstborn was scared shitless that their mom would bring home some coked-up, crazed-ass, Bronco driving Sam clone. Only recently have I come to appreciate what a good psycho this guy can play. Where's my copy of Naked Lunch? Ms. Garga responds, "It's up your ass where this here fist is 'bout to be."

  • Jan. 3, 2005, 3:11 p.m. CST

    No matter where you go...There you are.

    by SpyGuy

    Sure, the original movie is pretty dated, but that doesn't mean the characters have to stay that way. I mean, Clark Kent isn't wearing a white fedora on SMALLVILLE and boys in Peter Parker's high school weren't wearing ties in the SPIDER-MAN movie. I do, however, wish that Dark Horse had picked up the BB rights instead of Moonstone, but at least someone did. And yes, any film that had Peter Weller, Clancy Brown, Christopher Lloyd, Carl Lumbly (years before he was Dixon on ALIAS or the Martian Manhunter on the JUSTICE LEAGUE animated series), and John Lithgow as an insane criminal genius who talked a lot like Chico Marx is definitely worthy of cult-legend status. Bring on the World Crime League!

  • Jan. 3, 2005, 3:32 p.m. CST

    Why can't a sequel get off the ground?

    by Crimson Dynamo

    Look at all of the other cinematic turds the studios throw money at

  • Jan. 3, 2005, 4:47 p.m. CST


    by RenoNevada2000

    I thought the same thing too, (And hey there's New Jersey! I mean, Jeff Goldblum!) but my girlfriend thought I was nuts. (Nothing new there...)

  • Jan. 3, 2005, 4:53 p.m. CST

    Crimson Dynamo-

    by RenoNevada2000

    Sequel rights were up in the air for a LONG time with noone exactly sure who owned what rights...(There was some "creative accounting" going on at the time.) Now a days, I would expect studio suits would pressure Rauch and Richter into watering down any script (like Fox tried with the TV series pilot) for the lowbrow summer blockbuster season similar to how JMS is being pressured by Warners to recast the B5 series actors with more "Marguee Value" names for the in-development B5 movie.

  • Jan. 3, 2005, 4:55 p.m. CST

    Archduke Chocula-

    by RenoNevada2000

    That's urban myth. Big Trouble was always a seperate project, totally unrelated to Buckaroo Banzai except for the fact that Buckaroo's director W.D. Richter wrote the final draft of Big Trouble. The original version of Big Trouble was set in the San Fransico of the old west.

  • Jan. 3, 2005, 6:14 p.m. CST

    recasting is fine

    by Subversive01057

    until the studios decide that the title role should be filled by Keanu Reaves in black shades and overcoat.

  • Jan. 3, 2005, 6:25 p.m. CST

    OH MAN!

    by SamBlackChvrch21

    I am whistling the theme song already. I can't wait for this book and further more, hopefully a remake of the original or a sequel. Rawhide: Dr. Banzai is using a laser to vaporize a pineal tumor without damaging the parthogenital plate. A subcutaneous microphone will allow the patient to transmit verbal instructions to his own brain. Observer: Like, "raise my left arm"? Rawhide: Or "throw the harpoon." People are gonna come from all over. This boy's an Eskimo.

  • Jan. 3, 2005, 6:37 p.m. CST


    by ultragoregrind

    Woo hoo!!!!!!! this is great news.

  • Jan. 3, 2005, 11:34 p.m. CST

    My Bad

    by dberger

    Dang, I was in way too much of a hurry to post this information yesterday. Moonstone will actually be publishing a graphic based story in serializeed form, NOT an illustrated novel. Need to read the press release more carefully next time. Oh well... That said, I'm still grooving on the idea of a new Banzai adventure, maybe even more so in this format. --Big Shoulders

  • Jan. 4, 2005, 1:37 a.m. CST

    Blue Blaze Irregulars Representing!!!!!

    by kdoc13

    That is so cool! My Tiburon could use a new overthruster!

  • Jan. 4, 2005, 6:51 p.m. CST

    Are we having fun?

    by dr.cornelius

    I always got the feeling that the original Buckaroo adventure was engineered to be a cult flick. To me, the lopsided whimsy of it was meant to be complimented by the audience's commitment to the material. In the interviews I've read with members of the cast, they sensed they were involved in something other than a traditional comedy of sci-fi flick. I still get the sense that they were having more fun making the movie than we were in watching it. I dare you to try it again, guys.

  • Jan. 5, 2005, 5:10 p.m. CST

    Sketches on Moonstone site!

    by RenoNevada2000 Just Reno and New Jersey for right now but they look good! Just hoping that the art is ruined by a crappy ink job like with their JOHNNY DOLLAR book...