Another Long Dark Tea-time Of The Soul Approaches


With no trace of hyperbole, there is no single person who has had more of an impact on me, professionally, personally, and philosophically, than Douglas Adams. Without getting into any personal garbage, there was a time when things weren't right with me, and I discovered (not given, but found, as if guided by providence, which is of course ridiculous) the Hitchhiker's Guide, and as I worked my way through, things suddenly began to click and make an alarming amount of sense. In an age when people douse themselves with meds, spend more time with therapists than with family, and are constantly ponying up cash for the latest get-well-quick scheme, I somehow managed to avoid all of that, and a lifetime of potential misery, because a brilliant man wrote some fantastic books. I have, in the past, drawn comparisons between Adams and Jim Henson: both added magic to the world in greater volume than a room full of people are usually capable of, and were prevented from adding anymore far too soon.

I devoured everything Adams wrote, from Meaning of Liff to Last Chance to See, and of course the Dirk Gently pair of novels. The first was a reworking of his Doctor Who: Shada script, something that becomes immediately obvious if you've had the chance to read the completed Shada novelization. The second was wholly original, and as bizarre and unique as the original Hitchhiker's concept was. And Dirk was an idea that Adams was keen to return to, at least in part, leaving behind The Salmon of Doubt unfinished when he died. His agent, Ed Victori,claims that Adams "always maintained that his Dirk Gently novels had much greater dramatic potential" than his other properties. And that claim is going to be tested by IDW and Max Landis.

IDW Entertainment, the TV and film arm of the comic book publisher, has announced that they will be assembling a TV series based on the two completed Dirk novels. Landis will write the pilot, and act as executive producer. Now, if this all sounds a bit familiar to some, it's because the BBC tried this recently. Roughly in 2012, BBC4 attempted to get into the original drama game with a three episode series (plus pilot) by Howard Overman, and starring Stephen Mangan. It was the first series I reviewed per episode for this site. And it wasn't very good. Or rather, it was half good. Literally, of four episodes produced, two were brilliant and two were rubbish. And, wisely I thought, it used the elements of the novels, while avoiding being a direct adaptation. Unwisely, I thought, it had no sense of direction. Despite the novels involving Norse Gods, aliens, time travel and other oddities, the series seemed to want to be grounded and realistic. And yet still involved time travel and robots. When it embraced these elements, it was great. When it shunned them, it ran off course.Will IDW and Landis suffer the same fate. Based on Landis' comments, I don't think so"
“Alongside the obvious yada yada I’m a lifelong fan, Long Dark Teatime Of The Soul (the second Dirk Gently novel) is one of the best books ever. Douglas Adams is a visionary who forever changed the way science fiction is written and talked about and even thought about and even the way real actual science is thought about and without whom our culture would be noticeably different for the worse, I’d also just like to say holy crap, it’s Dirk Gently. This is any writer’s ultimate project, and in the current TV space, it fits ridiculously well. Imagine a playground where you could come with any mystery, no matter how improbable, convoluted, or totally insane and then, simply by finding the right connections, you could tie it all down to one man, one private eye. If you’re familiar with the property, you know: there’s no freaking rules. Ancient gods? Sure. Larceny and petty crimes? Of course. Extra-dimensional aliens? I mean, probably; as long as you can make it funny, Dirk’s on the case. This is a dream project of mine, no joke, and I absolutely positively couldn’t be happier.”
I think that Dirk is in good hands with this one.

Via The Mary Sue.
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Adopting the descriptor of "successfully unpublished author", MR. Clark began writing things on the internet in 2012, which he believed to be an entirely reputable and civilized place to find and deliver information. He regrets much.

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