Chronicle's Max Landis adapting Dirk Gently for BBC America as a new TV series

BBC America has announced during the Television Critics Association press tour that it will be making a brand-new TV series based on Douglas Adams’ (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) book series Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency.

This will be the second time the absurd detective will get his own TV show. In the short-lived first series, it was Episodes actor Stephen Mangan who took on the role of Dirk Gently, with Darren Boyd as his sidekick MacDuff (both seen in the pic above) and Helen Baxendale as Susan. The BBC4 adaptation ran between 2010 and 2012 for only four episodes, before ending up on the chopping block, to many a fan's dismay -- despite good viewing figures, and generally positive reviews.

The new BBC America series will be written by Chronicle's Max Landis (now, that’s a pretty great coup!) and will be transplanted to America (instead of taking place across the Pond, much as CBS did with Sherlock Holmes with Elementary) "in the unexpected world of the hyper, absurd, ridiculous Dirk Gently. With an utterly fresh, comically self-aware tone, this series is equally sincere in its danger, humor, violence and drama."

Fun Fact: The idea to write Dirk Gently was inspired by an episode of Doctor Who. Douglas Adams had penned a Who serial titled "Shada," which was left unfinished because of strikes during filming. Elements of this story were used by Adams in the first Gently novel, Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, published back in 1987. A sequel, The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul, was published in 1988. Adams also began work on a third novel, The Salmon of Doubt, but he sadly passed away (in 2001) before finishing it.

Are you excited that we’ll get another shot at a brand-new Dirk Gently TV series? Who would you like to see in the title role? And what do you guys think of BBC America's idea of transplanting the holistic detective to the U.S.?

(via Radio Times)

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