Comedic science fiction classic by Douglas Adams The Hitchhiker & # 39; s Guide to the Galaxy gets a new version. Deadline reports with which Hulu is developing an adaptation of the radio drama and the novel LostCarlton Cuse and Wonder WomanIt's Jason Fuchs.
Deadline says the series will be a "modern update of the story", following an earthling named Arthur Dent who discovers that his house is being destroyed to make way for a highway bypass and that the earth is in the same situation. He is rescued by an alien named Ford Prefect, a writer for a galactic encyclopedia The Hitchhiker & # 39; s Guide to the Galaxy.
Most people are familiar with the novel by the same name by Douglas Adams, but Lifter Guide to the Galaxy has changed countless times over the years. Adams first came up with the idea during a trip through Europe with a copy of The hitchhiker guide for Europe. Years later he found work as a sketch writer for a radio series and ultimately for the famous comedy group Monty Python.
Adams later had the opportunity to meet a producer of the BBC and threw the now famous concept. The BBC enlightened the series and Adams eventually wrote six episodes for the comic radio drama that came out in 1978. (You can listen to the entire series on Archive.org.)
Encouraged by positive word of mouth, the series became popular with fans, and a publisher approached Adams to produce a new version of the series. The novel was hugely successful: it sold out quickly and the BBC commissioned a new season, which came with a different sequel The restaurant at the end of the universe. From there the story appeared in other permutations: the BBC turned it into a TV series in 1980, Adams wrote additional novels and it became a film in 2005.
Deadline points out that there is a bit of business synergy here: ABC Signature Studios is developing the series together with Cuse & # 39; s Genre Arts through their general deal. Disney still has the rights to the story; his Touchstone Pictures produced the film adaptation of 2005 and owns Hulu. While other major entertainment companies are launching their own streaming services, there has been a huge rush to develop as much original intellectual property as possible to entice subscribers to pay their dollars and attention. The Hitchhiker & # 39; s Guide to the Galaxy has an advantage here: it has already been a popular TV show and there is enough material for Hulu to work with as the project of the & # 39; Under development & # 39; goes to the & # 39; in production & # 39; column.
But an earlier track record is not an absolute sign of success. First, science fiction comedy is hard to do, and although there are certainly funny books and films out there (Galaxy QuestFrom John Scalzi RedshirtsVan Catherynne Valente Space Opera), the 2005 film largely bewildered critics and fans. Hopefully this reboot will charm the audience in the same way as the first radio series in the 1970s.