MGM Sues The Adventures Of Buckaroo Banzai Creators Over TV Rights
Some thirty years after the 1984 debut of the original film, the studio has joined forces with Chasing Amy director Kevin Smith and Amazon Studios to produce a long-awaited follow-up on the small screen. Due to the passing around of rights pertaining to the movie however, it has become unclear who exactly has the power to make additions to the property, resulting in MGM attempting to reassert its control over the franchise:
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.”
The 1984 film left off with a tease in the form of a message where audiences were told, “Watch for the next adventure of Buckaroo Banzi — Buckaroo Banzai Against the World Crime League.”
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