The hilarious ride to another galaxy has started as Hulu's upcoming series “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” has begun production in Toronto, Canada, today. The cast for the sci-fi and comedy series has not been revealed yet.
Based on Douglas Adams’ classic sci-fi novel, “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” comes from “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan” and “Lost” executive producer Carlton Cuse and “Wonder Woman” writer Jason Fuchs. ABC Signature and Disney are producing this series.
The series follows the intergalactic adventures of Arthur Dent, a hapless Englishman played by Freeman in the 2005 movie version, who leaves the Earth after its destruction by a nasty, bureaucratic alien race called the Vogons. Along the way, he meets many iconic characters including Marvin, the Paranoid Android, who was voiced by the late Alan Rickman in the movie.
“The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” which was originally a BBC radio comedy, has been adapted multiple times for both the big and small screen. In 1981, the novel was adapted into a BBC series with Simon Jones and David Dixon playing the two leads. Disney, which recently bought a majority stake in Hulu, owns the rights to Adams’ novels and produced a movie version in 2005 which starred Martin Freeman as Arthur Dent, Sam Rockwell, Mos Def, and Zooey Deschanel.
The series is said to have a completely different plot from the 2005 movie and 1981 six-episode television series directed and produced by Alan J. W. Bell.
Earlier, the series was set to premiere in 2021 with production slated to begin in the summer of 2020 and air on Fox in international markets. However, The series was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and now it will air in 2022 on Hulu in the US.
The series has reportedly renewed for season 2 as well with no official confirmation yet. It is likely to adopt all the five novels in the series which include, "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," "The Restaurant at the End of the Universe," "Life, the Universe and Everything," "So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish," and "Mostly Harmless." Other than five novels written by Douglas Adams, there is another novel in the series, "And Another Thing...," written by Eoin Colfer, with the support of Jane Belson, Adams's widow.
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