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"Everything comes to he who waits...and I have waited so very long." - Skeletor (Frank Langella), MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE

Glen here...

...with some news about Fox Broadcasting's proposed Buckaroo Banzai television project.

Sources close to the Fox development / production process have indicated that the Buckaroo Banzai series pilot script (referred to frequently over the last several months here on Coaxial) has been received "quite warmly" by the folks over at Fox. This means the Fox people liked it, and will be keeping the Banzai television project around for further development.

Sources indicate this point in time...Banzai is being eyed as a mid-season replacement series for Fox. Needless to say, it's a bit too late for the project to be prepped as a mid-season replacement this season - as "mid-season" (in television terms) is already upon us (February-March).

Presumably, this suggests that Buckaroo Banzai would most likely hit the air shortly after the beginning of 2000 - after some of Fox's Fall 1999 programming bites the dust, thus opening up a time slot for BB.

Even though this scenario has Buckaroo debuting a little later than many of us would have liked, it is actually a very good thing - as it gives series overlords Earl MacRauch and W.D. Richter (who brought us the original Banzai motion picture) more time to pull the project together - and do it right.

There are sketchy indications that project morale is high inside both Fox and Team Banzai, but SOURCES ARE QUICK TO REMIND ME THAT THIS SITUATION IS STILL SOMEWHAT FLUID. The project could be accelerated, or pushed back even further. At this point in time, however, the likelihood of a Buckaroo Banzai television project becoming reality appears to be rather high.

In other Banzai related news, I have received multiple and consistent reports indicating that a Buckaroo Banzai DVD release (all souped up with goodies and extras) is a very strong probability. No word on possible street dates, but a Banzai "Special Edition" is something that was actually in the wind back when those things called laserdiscs were still around. Now that The Age Of Banzai seems to be upon us, I'm told a fulfilling DVD release may well be coming our way. And so might the release of Michael Boddicker's original score.

Both of these coveted items may be some time in coming, though. But the possibilities exist, and they are strong.

So there you have it folks. Slowly but surely...slowly but surely. Now, if only Fox would let Buckaroo Banzai and the Hong Kong Cavaliers perform Auld Lange Syne at 12 a.m. January 1, 2000 during its New Year's night broadcast. What a wonderful world it could be...

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  • Jan. 27, 1999, 12:01 p.m. CST


    by Robogeek

    What an awesome day! Encouraging news of progress on both "Hellboy" and "Buckaroo Banzai" -- two incredibly cool projects. FOX: Thank you for having the vision to nurture this project along. It has the potential to be a hit along the lines of "The X-Files" and "Ally McBeal," -- and could in fact draw audiences from each. (In the meantime, though, consider picking up "Cupid" from ABC, willya?)

  • Jan. 27, 1999, 12:29 p.m. CST

    James Brown says:

    by Uncle Cracky

    Good GAWD!!! Jump back, kiss m'self! Hah! Unhhh!!! That's a tasty piece of news! Got-ta get-tahhh! Somebody hit me!

  • Jan. 27, 1999, 5:50 p.m. CST

    bucaroo on fox

    by rtavi

    Whats the use--Fox will make this stick it on the air,probably in their 7 pm friday graveyard- preempt it 3 or 4 times for "reality" specials--WORLDS MOST DISGUSTING SWIZZLE STICK INJURIES--repeat the first few episodes at random and bizarre intervals then say no ones watching and cancel it.

  • Jan. 27, 1999, 9:16 p.m. CST

    Will they explain the watermelon??

    by Bundren

    Will the band still have cheesy 80's keyboards? Will Big Boo-tay and his cohorts return somehow to cause mayhem? Will dreadlocks still be in fashion for other aliens? I'll be tuning in to find out.....

  • Jan. 27, 1999, 10:54 p.m. CST

    Re:All kinds of good news here today!(from COAXIAL)

    by coaxial

    Glen here...The pilot is called "Buckaroo Banzai: Ancient Secrets & New Mysteries". At least, that's the title for the moment. And yes, it will involve the World Crime League. All of this has been mentioned here on Coaxial extensively over the last couple of months.**Glen**

  • Jan. 28, 1999, 1:16 a.m. CST

    Viva El Banzai!!

    by Brado

    Ladies and Gentlemen, it seems that our voices have not gone unheard! Those of us (and there are many) that sent E-Mails to Fox, Banzai Institute, and other locations have been rewarded with this SWEET piece of news. Thanks to Glen for his diligence in reporting this ongoing story and keep up the good work for future updates. We're fighting the good fight, people, and we're kicking ass! And to rtavi, I don't care if they sandwich this program between food dehydrator and spray-on-hair informercials at 3 AM on Wednesdays, I'll watch the damned show!!!!!!

  • Jan. 28, 1999, 7:37 a.m. CST

    DwD: Make My Day

    by DwDunphy

    Yeeeeeeeeehaaaaaaaah!!!! We're the Hong Kong Cavaliers and we ROCK AND ROLL!

  • Jan. 28, 1999, 9:10 a.m. CST

    But Who Has Control of "Banzai" Rights?

    by MacSuirtain

    While I don't own a DVD player (and that's not bloodly likely for a very long time), it would be nice to see the film re-issued. But, do our friends here at Coax know something we don't about the rights being transferred or sold? I've followed the sad story of Buckeroo Banzai as, through bankruptcy, it ended up in the control of a French banking concern, itself the object of financial problems/possible bankruptcy. As I understood it, rights to the film Buckeroo Banzai were still stuck with this concern, left in limbo. So, how is it that a DVD version could be forthcoming? Has another concern purchased the rights, or is this just some overly eager fan's fantasy? I'm really curious, and I hope that someone can clear this up with real information, not speculation. Thanks.

  • Jan. 28, 1999, 9:36 a.m. CST


    by bargod

    Time to dust off the red leather cowboy boots, flip the collar up and tie that skinny ass tie on real loose like. This show could not possibly arrive at a better time. I hope it is given the straight-faced treatment it deserves even though a lot of people probably won't get it.

  • Jan. 28, 1999, 10:05 a.m. CST

    Regarding Rights

    by coaxial

    Glen here...That's a totally fair question. NO, this none of the info info is fanboy fantasy. It's the real thing. I'm not sure how it all worked out (Banzai was tied-up in a complicated mess), but my sense of the matter is different rights have gone to different entities. Ex. - I believe Banzai creator Earl MacRauch now has the rights to any Banzai-related novels. I *believe* PolyGram Entertainment has the rights to visual property itself. Therefore, I assume the Banzai DVD would be issued through MCA home video (who holds the vid rights) - since PolyGram is an offshoot of MCA (I think). God, my head's starting to hurt. I *think* I have this correct. If I'm wrong, somebody hep' me!**Glen**

  • Jan. 28, 1999, 11:07 a.m. CST

    Where are my novels?

    by Fred4sure

    Any word on when the new Banzi novels will be hitting the shelves of a bookstore near me?

  • Jan. 28, 1999, 12:35 p.m. CST


    by mckracken

    Mckracken hits Uncle Cracky (only joking bro!!) YAY!! MY BUCKAROO IS BACK!!! I dont care who has the rights...I want this movie rereleased on video/DVD ANYTHING!!!! As for the show, YAY! ITS BACK BABY!! I will take all 6-13 episodes that Fox shows before it meets an untimly demise (and we ALL KNOW it will happen) and I will archive them as soon as they are broadcast!! YEAH BABY!!! BUCKAROO IS BACK!!

  • Feb. 1, 1999, 10:49 a.m. CST

    Who Owns Buckaroo Banzai....

    by Beej-Martin

    ...I know that sadly I was waiting for Stigwood (he who greenlighted BB but later depised it so much he kept it out of Mac Rauch's grasp for lo these many years) to finally die. This is the main reason things have taken so long. I know it's cruel, but the truth of Hollyweird was that once he died his library of properties was finally available -- some company in France bought it and then finally it seems that Polygram/MCA have purchased the rights. With Mac Rauch and Richter involved in this new production, I would fervently hope that TPTB realize that they can QUICKLY make back some of their investment by releasing BB on VHS and DVD, the soundtrack and other already "made" merchandise. I know I've got my money ready to spend!