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'Buckaroo Banzai' Creators Claim MGM Infringed Copyright by Shopping TV Series

16 March 2017 5:47 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

In the second chapter in the legal fight over Buckaroo Banzai rights, Earl Mac Rauch, who wrote the 1984 cult film about a neurosurgeon/rock star who saves Earth from malevolent aliens, and Walter Richter, who directed the picture, bring counterclaims against MGM over its plans to make a television version.

According to original complaint filed by MGM in November, Rauch and Richter have gotten in the way of reprising Buckaroo's adventures for Amazon Studios with Kevin Smith at the helm. After The Hollywood Reporter broke news about the litigation, Smith bowed out. Nevertheless, there's still plenty to resolve, with both sides seeking declaratory »

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