Kevin Smith is coming off the worst film of his career with this month’s Yoga Hosers, but damn if he doesn’t have some exciting projects ahead of him. While he still plans on shooting Moose Jaws, the final chapter in his maligned Canadian trilogy, he also plans on revisiting Mallrats as a television series and will do the same for The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai.
Recently, he sat down to speak with Creative Screenwriting, where he waxed on about everything from critical backlash to Nazi bratwursts to his freedom to create whatever comes to mind. One interesting tidbit that came up, however, was how he wants to create a writers’ room for the Banzai series, which Amazon has already picked up, and one name should turn some heads.
“As soon as we got budget and time, I’m totally reaching out to Quentin Tarantino,” he admitted. “People are like, ‘You’re crazy, he ain’t going to do it.’ But I’m like, ‘He might! He’s directed TV before and he loves Buckaroo Banzai!'” He’s not wrong; Tarantino previously directed episodes of ER and CSI. “Worst thing he could say is, ‘Nah, I can’t do it.’ But imagine he says yes!”
Smith also noted he’d love to work with Ready Player One writer Ernest Cline. “That’s a guy I would love to have in my camp,” Smith admits, “because you’re talking about passionate fans of this stuff who will keep me on track. You’ll never have to worry about it becoming ‘a Kevin Smith joint’ because we’re all staying true to the movie we love so much.”
If you’ve got the time, the full interview is worth a read, especially for Smith’s insight into the next Mallrats, which he says will find him leaning more towards John Hughes than John Landis this time around. As usual, the guy’s a total softie for his fans and young filmmakers everywhere and his closing words of wisdom are real Coach Taylor type stuff.
“Every movie fan is a potential movie maker,” he contends. “And that’s not pie-in-the-sky bullshit about like, “hey, you can all follow your dreams.” It’s absolutely possible to do and now they’ve democratized the technology and stuck it in your phone so there’s no excuse not to do it.”
You had me at hello, Kevin.