Notes on W.D. Richter: Compiled and with a few editorial asides by ye humble editor, ArcLight.
(from Marvel Super Special Vol. 1, No. 33; interview of W.D. Richter by James Burns)
...Prior to Buckaroo Banzai, Richter had served in the film industry for ovar a decade, as a screenwriter....Richter...kept busy, penning such movies as Philip Kaufman's Invasion of the Body Snatchers remake, Dracula (the Frank Langella version), and Brubaker (an Oscar nomination). By 1980, his credits were strong enough to prompt Hollywood to give him a chance to direct. So that he wouldn't "soley be a director for hire" and could cultivate his own projects, Richter formed a production company, with Neil Canton (a former assistant to Peter Bogdonavich and Walter Hill). The first film the duo elected to pursue was Buckaroo Banzai.
...Richter confides he that he wouldn't be adverse to making another Buckaroo Banzai movie, as long as the conditions surrounding it's production were the same as on the present film: essentially, "the cooperation and enthusiasm of everyone" involved. He also points out, however, that "nobody would be interested" in additional Buckaroo films unless the first is popular.
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