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The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzi Across the 8th Dimension (1984)
Why it got the green light: A quirky sci-fi spoof with a complex mythology, "Buckaroo Banzai" was passed on by several studios before finding a powerful advocate in David Begelman, who acquired the project during his tenure as chief executive at MGM/UA and later shepherded it via his own Sherwood Productions. The film ultimately landed at Fox, which agreed to make the film for a budget of $12 million.
Why a franchise never materialized: A near-impossible film to market, "Banzai" unsurprisingly failed to find an audience during its theatrical run, making back only about half its budget before later finding cult success on home video. A tentative sequel entitled "Buckaroo Banzai Against the World Crime League", teased in the film's closing credits, has remained a perennially-dangling carrot for the film's small army of hardcore admirers. - CE