Hulu has certainly been churning out hits after hits lately, and it’s probably safe to say that they’re just about at the level of Netflix at this point. It seems that Hulu is heading out to space with a potential series, and it’s going to be none other than A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Considering that the novels already have some sort of a cult following, it makes sense to turn Hitchhiker’s into another television series. According to Deadline.com, ABC Signature–ABC Studios’ streaming division–will oversee the entire project. This means that the show will be in good hands.
ABC Signature is contracting the talents of Carlton Cuse and Jason Fuchs in order to get this show up and running. Carlton Cuse, a talented screenwriter and producer, has been showrunning hits for a few years now. Some of his most notable works include Lost, where he served as showrunner for all six seasons. Some of his other shows include Jack Ryan, The Strain, Bates Motel, and Colony. As far as his writing, Cuse was credited for a writing a few blockbuster hits including San Andreas and Rampage, both of which starred Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
In addition to Cuse, the show will also feature the writing of Jason Fuchs. Fuchs is probably most notable for writing the blockbuster hit Wonder Woman. He’s also credited for writing Ice Age: Continental Drift and Pan. Apart from being a writer, Fuchs is actually an actor himself. He played Carlo in La La Land, young Ryan in All My Children, and Jr. Sontag in The Sopranos.
A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy was originally a radio series that was developed into a science fiction series by its creator, Douglas Adams. The series follows the story of Arthur Dent and his life after the destruction of Earth by an unpleasant race of aliens known as Vogons. There are a total of six novels, so it might be a natural transition for the TV series to have at least six seasons. That’s enough source material to create an in-depth show; but knowing how books get translated into shows these days, we can’t be entirely sure how Hitchhiker’s is going to pan out. The original books were written as a comedy series, and it’s likely that Cuse and Fuchs might stay in that genre. However looking at their past work, there’s also a possibility that the duo might go a totally different route.
That makes sense as well considering that the previous effort to turn the novels into film was not as successful as it could’ve been. 2005’s A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy featured some heavy hitters in Hollywood including Sam Rockwell, Zooey Deschanel, and Martin Freeman as Arthur Dent. The movie wasn’t all that bad, but the comedy just didn’t translate the way it was supposed to. Maybe Adams’ comedy wasn’t meant for the screen altogether. It’ll prove to be a challenge for both Cuse and Fuchs to make it happen, but it might be better to just approach the material in a different light altogether.
The show is still in early development, so there aren’t a lot of details to be given at this point. There’s also no schedule planned or available just yet. What we know so far is that this new show will have a modern take on the classic. That’s as general as a description could get, but we at least know that the show creators are looking at the material with fresh eyes. None of the principal players have commented on anything as of yet.
It would be interesting to see some familiar characters come back to reprise their roles on the show. For one, it would be amazing to have Martin Freeman back on the saddle as Arthur Dent. He’s a little bit older now and a little bit wiser. He’s also done a few other projects that have put him more on the spotlight. That includes Black Panther, the Sherlock series opposite Benedict Cumberbatch on BBC, and The Hobbit series of course. It would also be interesting to see Zooey Deschanel back to play Trillian, but we can also think of other actresses that fit the bill quite well. For one, it would be nice to see Emily Blunt might be awesome as Trillian. Blunt has had recent success with her portrayal of Mary Poppins recently.
In the first TV series, Trillian was portrayed differently from the books. She was blonde and overly sexualized. It would be nice to see an adaptation of Trillian as close to the original as possible, and that applies to all the characters as well. One character were most interested in seeing is Zaphod Beeblebrox. In the books, Big Z has two heads and three arms. Of course he had that second head detached eventually, but the rendition even in the 2005 film was just horrible. With today’s CGI and special effects, we should see a better rendition of that head in the new series coming out. And speaking of CGI, we can only imagine how much better the picture will be for this new series; and frankly, the thought of a modern Hitchhiker’s is actually extremely attractive.
The upcoming remake of A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy has a lot of potential. The players on board alone are causing enough excitement. The fact that there’s going to be a remake is actually making a ton of people–fans–already excited as well. With how things are going so far, we might be able to expect a showing some time next year, as long as everything goes smoothly. But as the Hitchhiker has taught us over the years, nothing every really goes as smoothly as we want them to. Either way, the Hulu show is already in the works and that’s certainly good enough for most of us. We’ll all stay tuned to see who will play what and when it’s all going to happen.