The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005)

Verbal Diorama

13-07-2023 • 50 mins

Don't Panic

“Hitchhiker’s by its very nature has always been twisty and turny, and going off into every direction. A film demands a certain shape and discipline that the material just isn’t inclined to fit into.”

This is a quote by Douglas Adams, creator and writer of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Despite his (and many others') opinion that the material was mostly harmless (and unfilmable!), Adams was adamant for the big screen adventures of Arthur Dent, Ford Prefect, Zaphod Beeblebrox, Trillian and Marvin, after successful BBC radio and TV series, and stage shows.

A movie version of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy was originally mooted in 1982, which would never materialise, but it led to Adams' relaxation of the idea that all his characters must be British, and Adams was fully involved throughout writing the screenplay.

The project was resurrected in early 2001 by director Jay Roach, and once again Douglas Adams would write the screenplay, adding new material and insisting only Arthur needed to be British...

Adams' sudden death in May 2001 left the producers with two options: say "So long, and thanks for all the fish", or "Don't panic" and carry on with the movie Douglas Adams so desperately wanted to see...

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