Hulu is developing a TV adaptation of Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy with showrunner Carlton Cuse (Lost, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, Locke & Key) and writer Jason Fuchs (Wonder Woman), according to Deadline. Cuse and Fuchs will write and executive produce the series.
The project comes from ABC Signature, the cable/streaming division of ABC Studios where Cuse and his Genre Arts production company are under an overall deal.
The comedy science fiction series was originally a radio broadcast in 1978. It was later adapted into stage shows, novels, comic books, a TV series, a video game, and 2005 feature film starring Martin Freeman, Sam Rockwell, Mos Def, Zooey Deschanel, Bill Nighy, Anna Chancellor, and John Malkovich.
The first book, published in 1979, is officially described as follows:
Seconds before Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.
Together, this dynamic pair began a journey through space aided by a galaxyful of fellow travelers: Zaphod Beeblebrox—the two-headed, three-armed ex-hippie and totally out-to-lunch president of the galaxy; Trillian (formerly Tricia McMillan), Zaphod’s girlfriend, whom Arthur tried to pick up at a cocktail party once upon a time zone; Marvin, a paranoid, brilliant, and chronically depressed robot; and Veet Voojagig, a former graduate student obsessed with the disappearance of all the ballpoint pens he’s bought over the years.
Where are these pens? Why are we born? Why do we die? For all the answers, stick your thumb to the stars!