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Hitchhiker's Guide gets its ride!

10.03.2003

The bad news is, Jay Roach is officially out (he has been for quite some time, actually) as director of the forever talked about big screen adaptation of Douglas Adams' now classic sci-fi tale, THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY. The good news (I think?) is that Variety has confirmed that newcomer Garth Jennings has been hired to write and direct the film alongside his Hammer & Tongs producing partner, Nick Goldsmith. So why is this such good news? Because with the confirmation of Jennings coming aboard to direct, Disney's Touchstone Pictures and Spyglass Entertainment have actually given the greenlight to start filming next year in London. Finally! It's been a long road for the highly regarded sci-fi tomb that follows the intergalactic travels of Arthur Dent, who, with the aid of his friend, Ford Prefect, escapes the earth just before it is destroyed to make way for an intergalactic highway. The film was dealt it's biggest blow with the untimely death of creator Adams in 2001 at the young age of 49. At the time of his death, the author was hard at work adapting the book for the big screen, which ultimately threw the film's future into limbo, to say the least.

Source: Variety
Tags: Hollywood

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