Where is the Banzai Institute TV series?

Filmmaker W.D. Richter revealed the possibility of a new Buckaroo Banzai TV series in an interview appearing in the February 2002 issue of Starlog magazine.

Richter, who directed the 1984 docudrama The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai: Across the Eighth Dimension, said that he and Earl Mac Rauch are developing a new concept for what he describes as a "free-form" program.

Richter said that the concept would combine elements of a variety show, talk show, and a back stage documentary that would originate from the Banzai Institute. Said Richter, "We want to do something that's freer in form" than the action-adventure format of the popular feature film docudrama.

Richter said that no deal yet exists for the new Banzai Institute series, although he indicated that the Sci Fi Channel has expressed some preliminary interest. Richter also revealed that Earl Mac Rauch is currently developing further adventures of Buckaroo Banzai to be published in novel form by Pocket Books, although he did not give any timetable for publication.

The article in Starlog magazine delves behind the scenes of the bestselling MGM Home Video DVD and features extensive coverage of the docudrama itself as well as the failure of the original studio marketing campaign for the film. Also covered in the Starlog article is Buckaroo Banzai: Ancient Secrets and New Mysteries, an earlier Banzai series concept developed for Fox TV.

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