Though originally announced a few months ago, plans are to adapt the late author Douglas Adams‘ sci-fi comedy novel(s) (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Universe) about a hapless British gent swept away during Earth’s final hours. The novels concern his interstellar adventure filled with oddities like a morose robot, a roguish two-headed space president, a hot babe, towels, babel fish and Vorgon poetry.
After bouncing around development hell for the past two decades, the film has officially been given the greenlight by Spyglass/Disney. Read more about it on Chud.com. According to IMDB Pro, Garth Jennings (Da Ali G Show) is set to direct. The only cast member identified thus far is Stephen Moore in the role of the paranoid android. I was shocked to discover that Adams had died suddenly in 2001 from a massive heart attack while at the gym. He was only 49 years old.
When I bought my very FIRST personal computer, I spent hours and hours playing the text-based Hitchhiker’s fantasy role playing game. At that time, an IBM personal computer cost $3000 and ran at a glacial 3 MHz (that is NOT a typo, it really ran at only 3 MHz). Seems like a lot of money for a text-based game.
“He hoped and prayed that there wasn’t an afterlife. Then he realized there was a contradiction involved here and merely hoped that there wasn’t an afterlife.”
Douglas Adams (1952 – 2001)
“I have too much respect for the idea of God to make it responsible for such an absurd world.”
Georges Duhamel (1884 – 1966)