The prolific screenwriter sat down with Blastr at San Diego Comic-Con to talk about his new project, the adaptation of Douglas Adams' book series Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency for BBC America.
The BBC series Dirk Gently, based on the novel of the same name by Douglas Adams, has officially been axed after one very short season. The reason, according to series composer Daniel Pemberton? British politics.
You might have imagined a huge name like Douglas Adams would have had very little trouble getting a hugely successful property like Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy made into a movie. You would be wrong.
Anyone who has ever been to a Pink Floyd laser light show knows that there's a mind-blowing correlation between rock bands and science fiction. And why not? Both musicians and sci-fi filmmakers are trying to push the boundaries of entertainment. (It's weird how only the rock musicians get the groupies, though.)
For Doctor Who fans, the episode "Shada" piques geek curiosity like nothing else: it was meant to be an episode starring the much-loved fourth Doctor, Tom Baker, and written by the phenomenal Douglas Adams ... but was never aired because a BBC strike killed the production. Now our curiosity will be satisfied by current Doctor Who writer, Gareth Roberts.
As fans of the late Douglas Adams and his Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series, we're thrilled the BBC is producing an hour-long broadcast based on another one of his books, Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency. But guess what? That's good news for Doctor Who fans, too.