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[24.02.2005] Wie SF Wire meldet, taucht Douglas Adams - zumindest seine Nase - im Film auf... SPOILER !!!

[23.02.2005] Der "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" / "Per Anhalter durch die Galaxis"-Trailer ist jetzt auch offiziell online, u.a. im Quicktime-XXL-Format !!!

[20.02.2005] Bei IGNFF gibt es die Beschreibung der "Sizzler Reel", die heute auf der WonderCon 2005 präsentiert wurde...
[...] Essentially a 4-minute and 5-second EPK, the sizzler reel is broken into three sections. However, leading up to the various sections is a fast-paced visual montage that takes bits and pieces of the recently released trailer and mixes those images up with additional footage, behind-the-scenes glimpses of special effects, all of it cued to a rollicking interstellar rock-n-roll soundtrack. [...]

[16.02.2005] Der "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" / "Per Anhalter durch die Galaxis"-Trailer ist online - zumindest inoffiziell !!!

[14.02.2005] Bei AICN gibt es eine Kritik von Quint... Zu einer Testvorführung einer Rohfassung des Films...
[...] If it should happen that I sit down with my bucket of popcorn and super-mega huge Coke next May and see a HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY minus the romance I will be the happiest of all campers. No matter what, though, if they released the movie as I saw it, warts and all, it'd still be a great adaptation.
Some final thoughts... The Vogons rule. Moriarty stole my "best animatronics since Audrey II" line, but it's true. Fantastic work. John Malkovich is creepy and cool as Humma Kavula, the new character created by Adams specifically for a movie before he passed away... The nod to Adams himself is nice... Slartibartfast's tour through the planet production plant is gorgeous... Deep Thought looks awesome... The movie looks like 100 million bucks, though I believe it cost about half that... Did I mention The Guide rules?
That's about all I can think of. I can't wait to see the final film. [...]


[11.02.2005] Bei IGNFF gibt es ziemlich coole Bilder der Vogonen !!!

[03.02.2005] Bei CS! beantworten Garth Jennings und Nick Goldsmith weitere Fragen zur Verfilmung...

[31.01.2005] Bei AICN gibt es eine Kritik von Moriarty... Zu einer Testvorführung einer Rohfassung des Films...
[...] what really matters is the film itself. Is it any good? Will it satisfy fans? Will it play for audiences unfamiliar with the books? I can’t answer that last question... Disney’s marketing department is going to have to do that... but I can tell you that I thought the film was a glorious shambling tribute to the work of Adams, a beautifully realized vision filled to the brim with quirky performances and hilarious details. It’s almost shockingly eccentric and manages to stay very faithful to the spirit of all the previous incarnations of the story while also contributing some fascinating new ideas to the overall mythos. [...]

[29.01.2005] Bei AICN gibt es gemischte Kritiken zu einer Testvorführung einer Rohfassung des Films...
[...] Visually, the movie was absolutely perfect. The entire scene of Earth's destruction felt like it came straight out of my imagination. And oh what a joy it was to see The Guide itself unfurl. While it was really no more than a glorified Flash animation on a laptop, the animation was executed with great wit and respect for Adams' sense of humor. Narratives from The Guide were interjected throughout the movie, just as in the book/radio series, and always drew a big laugh. The Heart of Gold, and its shift into improbability (by transforming into various improbable objects) was also well conceived. I really have a hard time finding anything not to appreciate about the visual design of the film, except perhaps for the previously reported liberties taken with Zaphod's two heads.
Unfortunately that was not the only fault I found with Zaphod and some of the other characters. Most of the aforementioned 25% disappointment with this adaptation comes from the downright painful portrayals of some of the characters. [...]


[28.01.2005] Bei CS! gibt es erste Bilder vom Merchandise-Material: Actionfiguren (u.a. Vogonen !!!) und Replikas (u.a. Marvin's Waffe)...

[27.01.2005] Bei CS! beantworten Garth Jennings und Nick Goldsmith nochmals Fragen zur Verfilmung...

[21.01.2005] BBC meldet, dass Stephen Fry dem Reiseführer seine Stimme leihen wird...
[...] "Being asked to do the voice of The Guide is like having your birthday on Christmas Day, discovering a winning lottery ticket in your stocking and having chocolate poured all over you," said Fry, a self-confessed fan of the book.
The film's executive producer Robbie Stamp said that Adams, who died in 2001, would have been "delighted" with the choice of Fry for the role.
"His humour and intelligence are perfect for the voice of The Guide," added Mr Stamp. [...]


[20.01.2005] Bei CS! beantworten Garth Jennings und Nick Goldsmith erneut Fragen zur Verfilmung...

[16.01.2005] Bei AICN gibt es ein Teaser-Poster...

[13.01.2005] Bei CS! beantworten Garth Jennings und Nick Goldsmith Fragen zur Verfilmung...

[12.01.2005] Bei AICN kann man einige Vogonen-Requisiten bestaunen... und gewinnen...

[11.01.2005] Bei AICN gibt es ein sehenswertes Promo-Poster mit Marvin...

[07.01.2005] Planet Magrathea meldete kürzlich...
Garth Jennings has just confirmed two amazing bits of casting in a mini-interview on BBC Radio 1. The voice of Marvin will be Alan Rickman and Bill Bailey will play the whale! Alan Rickman is a highly regarded actor whose notable recent movies have included Dogma (directed by Hitchhiker's Guide fan Kevin Smith), Galaxy Quest (alongside Sam Rockwell) and the Harry Potter films. Garth did say that Rickman's contract wasn't signed yet but this interview was almost certainly taped befire Christmas and it would not have gone out if Rickman wasn't locked down for the role. Bill Bailey will be well-known to British comedy fans through his role in the award-winning sitcom Black Books and his position as a team captain on the game show Never Mind the Buzzcocks, though he is less well-known outside the UK. He has a reputation as a big science fiction fan and does a remarkable Klingon impression.

[04.01.2005] Bei DH gibt es die ersten offiziellen Filmbilder...

[21.12.2004] Bei AICN gibt es ein paar interessante Infos zu Zaphods zweitem Kopf, einen kurzen TV-Clip über die Dreharbeiten (Windows Media) - Szenenbilder gibt es bei KingStreetMedia.tv, sowie eine Kritik zu einer Testvorführung...
[...] It must be said that if you’re expecting another epic classic in the same vein of LORD OF THE RINGS, then this is not that movie. What you have here is great British humor, amazing characters played superbly by an outstanding cast, and Sci-Fi that reminds me of DR. WHO and SPACE BALLS. So, if you’re not going to enjoy a movie that opens with a song about Dolphin’s leaving the planet with the message, "So long and thanks for all the fish." Then you might want to stay home.
My biggest fear going into this film was Mos Def playing Ford Perfect. While his first few lines fall flat, once Arthur (Martin Freeman) and he go into the bar where Ford tells Arthur about the impending doom of planet Earth he fits comfortably into the character. Although there are a couple more spots where he falls a little flat, that's nothing a little over dubbing won’t fix.
Warwick Davis’ Marvin the depressed android steals the show. His perfect monotone cadence and pitiful attitude make for a great contrast for the rest of the Heart of Gold’s upbeat mood.
For a first screening the only elements of the film that were missing where some of the effects. Often times in a screening like this you can notice moments that need to be cut or lengthened, but with this the pacing is spot on. The fact that a lot of the F/X are practical definitely gave the film a more realistic look if that’s even possible.
My suggestion was this: Finish the F/X and you’re gold. [...]


[08.12.2004] DouglasAdams.se bietet neue Concept Art !!!

[17.11.2004] DouglasAdams.se bietet sehenswerte Concept Art !!!

[13.11.2004] Yahoo! Movies präsentiert eine sehenswerte "Production Design Slideshow", sowie ein leicht veränderten "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" Teaser-Trailer...

[07.10.2004] About.com sprach mit Zooey Deschanel...
[...] How is Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy going? It’s great, it’s done. It was great. It was so much fun to make that movie. We had these seven foot tall alien Vogon puppets. They built four different alien planets, the Heart of Gold set, like the most amazing sets and all the actors were great. I’m making up my own system to control the ship and everything. It was really fun. That was a real like going back to your childhood sort of thing. To walk on set and have it be a spaceship that you’re running around and you have to pretend to be hit by missiles. It’s just the most fun. [...]
Is it pretty close to the book? Yeah. Pretty much everything from the book is included. There’s an added character. Most everything that was changed was Douglas Adams’ idea to begin with. It was in his hard drive. They had his hard drive, so any changes that were made were pretty much according to his wishes. But there’s a new character played by John Malkovich who’s like the leader of a cult, a sneezing cult. They worship the mighty [SOUNDS LIKE: arcal seizure]. And it’s on planet [SOUNDS LIKE: Zobottle 6] and we go there and it’s great. With each incarnation of that story, there were changes made. Between the radio series and the book and the TV series, there were a lot of different things.
Are you signed for the whole series? Well, they don’t have any plans. I think they’re going to see how the first one does to see if they want to actually do the rest. But yeah, we all [signed] sequel parts of the contract. [...]


[29.09.2004] TheGlobeandMail.com berichtet über die Verfilmung...

[14.09.2004] Planet Magrathea meldet...
Informed sources have confirmed that Premiere magazine’s reference to Trillian as ‘half-human, half-alien’ is true. She does have some extraterrestrial DNA, although it’s not a major plot point and doesn’t alter her character. What it does do is clear up a minor plot hole.

[06.09.2004] Bei DouglasAdams.se gibt es einen Set-Bericht...

[28.07.2004] Der "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" Teaser-Trailer ist zwischenzeitlich online...

[22.07.2004] Bei h2g2movie.com gibt es einen Set-Bericht...
[...] the moviemakers have brought an incredible attention to each and every detail. I think it will be possible to see the film several times and still discover new subtle stuff. The DVD, including the making of, will be a very useful tool to have a full grasp of the film. There will even be a lot of references aimed at the fans who know by heart all the previous versions.
As it was predicable, the character of Trillian, a weak point from all the previous versions of hitchhiker’s (excluding maybe the fifth book) has been expanded on a lot. She is now really one of the main characters, equal to Arthur, Ford, Zaphod and Marvin.
When Robbie finished his half an hour presentation, we just applauded. His presentation was great, and gave us a good insight of what the movie will be. After that, Robbie showed us, still in the treasure room, on some tables, objects from the Vogon spaceship. There was also two real size Vogon heads plus a model of The heart of gold, the entry of Humma’s temple (bright one!), Deep Thought, and some drawings pinned on the wall of other characters and places. This was really impressive and this is definitely the place where all the fans would dream to be right now.
After a full hour of total bewilderment, Robbie led us for a tour in Elstree studios. We entered the Vogon Spaceship and saw the marvellous work made by the Henson team. The Vogons are simply incredible, fully detailed from their shoes to their facial hairs. Touching the face of the Captain Vogon is an extreme experience I won't forget, should I live to be 199 years old! Henson also made other things including a really amazing Vogon throne (but I wont say more should you read some Vogon poetry). At last we also saw the Magrathean spaceship used by Arthur and Slartibartfast to travel inside Magrathea [...]


[25.07.2004] Bei CS! gibt es eine kurze Beschreibung zum kommenden "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" Teaser-Trailer, der auf der San Diego Comic-Con präsentiert wurde...
[...] The clip pans out from Earth from the horizon while Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World" is playing. When it gets to that line in the song, Earth explodes!
During the explosion the clip freezes all of a sudden and it says "Don't Panic". Then the explosion continues and the words "The End of the World is Just the Beginning" appear and the stars form the film's logo. [...]


[09.07.2004] Bei AICN gibt es einen kurzen Bericht über die Dreharbeiten in Hertfordshire...
[...] Filming is currently taking place in a large farm, outside the village, and moves to the pub next week. The locals have been told that the pub interior will be used, and that the main road will be blocked, as one scene involves a character spilling out of the pub into the street.
The Pub is called The Beehive, and it is located on a small country road, which acts as an intersection for Buntingford, Braughing, Hare Street village and Brent Pelham. The pub is a very old, wooden beamed traditional English pub (recently up for sale).
One mile south of Hare Street (on the Braughing Road) the large farm can be seen about a mile away in the easterly hills. At its gates are some very strange futuristic type banners. As you drive past the private lane that leads to the farm, there is a small discreet Red arrow with "HH" on it, to help the crew find the site.
Interesting enough, this area around Hare Street was also used by Mr Spielberg for many of the country scenes in Saving Private Ryan. [...]


[25.06.2004] Die Offizielle Website bietet ein neues Bild !!! Angeblich handelt es sich dabei um Vogonen...

[21.06.2004] Bei CBR gibt es Infos zu einer gewissen "Hymne"...
[...] Last Saturday, I spent the afternoon in a church in Highgate, London, singing a hymn. It was a most peculiar hymn, to a god, it seemed, who had sneezed out the universe. This was an audio recording for Hitch Hikers Guide To The Galaxy.
From the novel, The Restaurant At the End Of The Universe by Douglas Adams;
"Many races believe that it was created by some sort of God, though the Jatravartid people of Viltvodle VI believe that the entire Universe was in fact sneezed out of the nose of a being called the Great Green Arkleseizure.
The Jatravartids, who live in perpetual fear of the time they call The Coming of The Great White Handkerchief, are small blue creatures with more than fifty arms each, who are therefore unique in being the only race in history to have invented the aerosol deodorant before the wheel."
And so, in this ancient church of St Martins in Highgate, we sang to a church organ what sounded like a common Anglican dirge, voices screeching high and low. The first verse will appear in the movie, subsequently verses in the soundtrack.
Here's one of those later verses now, by Jody Talbot.
Through empty void and vacuum your mighty sneeze was blown
And from its far-flung remnant the universe was grown
Your cosmic phlegm and mucus became the stars above
And celestial droplets of saliva
Coalesced to form Jatravardidity
It took a fair few takes before the congregation stopped corpsing in every verse.
There have been fears expressed that a movie version, especially one created after Adams' death, would lose his spirit. From this hymn alone, presenting such a ludicrous explanation of the universe's beginning as a sombre, serious piece of religious liturgy, whiule simultaneously making the point that all religious explanations of the world are just as ludicrous, I think Adams' legacy is in safe hands. [...]


[18.06.2004] Bei Magrathea gibt es einen lesenswerten Set-Bericht...
[...] The key to the designs in this film is: forget your preconceptions. We have already seen a version of Marvin that knocked us sideways and I think the Heart of Gold will do the same. It doesn't look like the versions in the TV series or the Illustrated Guide. It certainly doesn't look like a running shoe, as described in the book. What it does look like is... a really, real cool spaceship that any President in their right minds would definitely want to steal.
The Heart of Gold bridge set was big and fully-enclosed (some of the walls could be moved - 'flown away' - to get certain shots) and was on several levels with windows looking out into space. Everything, down to the mugs in the galley, has been specially designed to fit in with and reflect the ship's overall aesthetic. I was in awe.
In another building I saw a whole squad of Vogon costumes, created by Hensons, as well as some utterly extraordinary aliens. But the real action was happening inside a large soundstage, where dozens of weirdly costumed and oddly made-up background artists were standing around. Aliens of all shapes and sizes were in evidence - this is a very good film to be on if you’re particularly tall, short, fat or skinny or have an unusually large number of limbs. [...]
And yet, everything is in keeping with the Hitchhiker’s Guide that we know and love. It feels like Hitchhiker’s Guide. It’s a story which is in some parts familiar, in some parts new (that’s right: brand new, unseen Douglas Adams material - who thought we would ever see that?), and in some parts familiar-but-in-a-different order.
Some people on the web have been wondering: does the film cover the first book, first two books, or what? The thing is, it’s not accurate to measure it like that. It’s like asking whether the computer game covers the first book only. Sure, it starts with Arthur’s house being knocked down but then it goes off on its own path. Which is a very Hitchhiker-y thing to do. Robbie Stamp came up with a very suitable motto: ‘every version of Hitchhiker’s Guide has been different and the movie is no different’. That seemed to sum it up pretty well. [...]


[16.06.2004] Die Offizielle Website bietet jetzt auch eine Galerie... Mit einem Bild... ;-)

[03.06.2004] AICN weiss mehr über eine der ersten Szenen...
[...] i work at moorgate london underground station here in central london where they are filming the beginning of the new film. the filming will take place on 6th june at a disused "phonebase" shop that the underground owns. i spoke to the location scout and here is what the scene will be. the shop will be fitted to look like a television store with wall to wall t.v's showing news of the earth being destroyed but one t.v is showing a cartoon that the worker is watching. while outside all hell is breaking loose with people being blown to pieces. she said that the writers family will be in the scene as well [...]

[28.05.2004] Die Offizielle Website bietet ein lesenswertes Selbst-Interview mit dem Drehbuchautor Karey Kirkpatrick...
[...] WHAT’S IN THE MOVIE AND WHAT ISN’T?
[...] By Douglas’s own admission, HHGG is a story with a long beginning and then an ending. There isn’t much middle. And movies need a middle. So most of the new material comes in the middle. Douglas created much of it. I took what he did and enhanced, expanded and connected (much like a wonder bra - and this wouldn’t be the first time I’ve been compared that that miraculous contraption). More has been made of the Arthur/Trillian relationship and the Arthur/Trillian/Zaphod triangle. Douglas knew, as I know, that in order to make a feature film bankrolled by an American studio that is to play on the global stage there needs to be a certain amount of attention paid to character, character relationships and emotion. The trick here is doing that while staying true to the spirit of the book, which is what I hope we’ve done. It’s fine if there’s a bit of a love story, it just can’t be sentimental and sappy. But I think people, especially die-hard HHGG fans, will be happy to see that it is very much the same story as the radio play, the book, and the TV series with all the well-known and beloved scenes, characters and concepts. Arthur, Ford, Trillian, Zaphod, Marvin, Eddie, Vogons, Slartibartfast, Deep Thought, Lunkwill & Fook, the mice, whales, petunias, dolphins, 42, even Gag Halfrunt; all present and accounted for. [...]


[17.05.2004] Bei MartinFreeman.com gibt es einen Set-Bericht... Die Offizielle Website bietet zwischenzeitlich das "Testing the Marvin Prototype suite" Video !!! Und im Official Movie Blog schreiben Nick & Garth...
[...] we are in our fourth week of shooting and with the first 15 minutes of the film in the can, we are now on the Heart of Gold set! Everyone involved from cast to crew have been an incredible help getting us to this point. [...]

[13.05.2004] Die Offizielle Website ist gestartet und bietet - neben einem Gruppenfoto der Crew - auch einen Eintrag im Official Movie Blog...
[...] From the team who have screwed 4,000 light bulbs by hand into the Heart of Gold to the set builders, cast, and visiting executives from LA, everybody is proud to be working on "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy." As we gathered on the soundstage today for the first day's filming of the Heart of Gold, it really struck us for the first time: we're doing it. We're really making the movie! After a particularly muddy week last week in the English countryside, things are really underway [...]

[08.05.2004] Bei DouglasAdams.com gibt es ein Bild von Warwick Davis bei der Anprobe des Marvin-Kostüms...

[07.05.2004] MJ Simpson meldet...
Today’s ‘Baz Bamigboye’ showbiz page in the Daily Mail has a piece on the HHGG movie. Quoting some bits from the interview that Jim Lynn and I did, Bamigboye says: "Three thousand light bulbs. All of them screwed in individually. That’s dedication for you. It also gives a sense of the detail involved in bringing Douglas Adams’s landmark cult radio and book series to the screen. (The mega job-lot of light bulbs, by the way, was for a scene involving the spacecraft Heart of Gold.)" There is also the usual picture of the Marvin costume.
Bamigboye reckons the movie is "filming on countless sound-stages at Elstree and Shepperton studios" - ‘countless’ being journalist-speak for ‘four or five but we’re not sure which’.


[20.04.2004] MJ Simpson, Autor von "Hitchhiker: A Biography of Douglas Adams", sprach ausführlich mit Nick Goldsmith und Garth Jennings über die Verfilmung...
[...] "It is important to stress that this is not a literal adaptation of the novel, just as the novel was not a literal adaptation of the original radio series - and indeed neither was the TV series nor the computer game. It's not like Lord of the Rings, where you have a book and you want to turn that into a film which is as faithful to its source as possible. There is no single definitive Hitchhiker's Guide story, and never has been. The book, radio, TV, game - they all share some characters and plot elements but they add, remove, change or re-order others. Douglas' various script drafts did the same. And that's another difference from Lord of the Rings. All the fundamental changes from previous versions were made, in this instance, by the original author. Every step of the way, the team who have been working on this since Douglas died have been striving to be faithful to the spirit of Hitchhiker's: its humour, its intelligence and its astonishing inventiveness. To use a great phrase I heard from an executive in Hollywood, there really is no need to 'put a hat on a hat.' It was Douglas who showed us the way for the new ideas in the film, they are fundamentally his." [...]

[16.04.2004] HollywoodReporter.com meldet...
John Malkovich is thumbing a ride on "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," the adaptation of the Douglas Adams classic, for Spyglass Entertainment/Walt Disney Pictures. Malkovich will play a religious cult leader called Humma Kavula, created by Adams especially for the film. "Galaxy" begins shooting this month in London, with Garth Jennings at the helm. Mos Def, Zooey Deschanel, Sam Rockwell and Martin Freeman also star.

[06.04.2004] MJ Simpson meldet...
[...] the "small part" in the movie for which The League of Gentlemen’s Steve Pemberton has been cast is council workman Mr Prosser. He becomes the seventh confirmed member of the cast.

[30.03.2004] MJ Simpson, Autor von "Hitchhiker: A Biography of Douglas Adams", meldet...
Four more members of the HHGG movie crew have identified themselves by adding the title to their IMDB listings: ‘accountant’ Rob Meisenholder, ‘production controller’ Gary Gillingham (who seems to be connected with Meisenholder as they share recent credits such as Hellboy and Shanghai Knights), ‘location finder’ Jamie Lengyel and ‘script researcher’ Raffi Paloulian - whose job it is to check that the bit in the end credits about ‘no similarity to actual firms or persons living or dead’ is actually true. Presumably he is in talks with famous Islington estate agents Hotblack Desiato...
Meanwhile a poster on alt.fan.douglas-adams says that an actress friend of his has been cast as an alien in the movie and will be shooting on location on Carnaby Street(!) in London in June/July.


[12.02.2004] CS! meldet...
Cinesite (Europe) Ltd has been awarded all of the digital effects for The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hammer and Tongs, Walt Disney), which starts shooting at Elstree Studios in April, 2004.
Cinesite will begin full postproduction on the extensive 300-plus effects shots in late summer 2004. Cinesite will also be providing all on set visual effects supervision for the production, which will be overseen by Sue Rowe. [...]
Co-Producer Todd Arnow says, "We are delighted to be working with Cinesite (Europe) Ltd as our key visual effects provider. Cinesite's excellent work on the 'Harry Potter' films and the upcoming 'Troy' and 'King Arthur' were a determining factor in our decision. Their creative approach and production experience will be a real asset to our film."
Cinesite CEO Colin Brown says, "'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' is a highly original and quintessentially British comedy/science fiction piece of its era, with a script by Douglas Adams; it seems right that it should be made in the UK. Personally I am a great fan, so I am really excited that Cinesite will be working on it." [...]
Cinesite's work will have a highly creative 3D content, including computer generated spaceships, virtual environments, talking computer generated animals and composites with models to create fantasy planet environments. [...]


[06.02.2004] HollywoodReporter.com meldet...
Sam Rockwell should have a lot of face time in Spyglass Entertainment/Walt Disney Co.'s "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" -- a big-screen adaptation of the cult hit novel by Douglas Adams -- because he'll be playing Zaphod, the two-headed president of the galaxy. "Galaxy" begins shooting in April in London with Garth Jennings at the helm. Mos Def, Zooey Deschanel and Martin Freeman also star. Mos Def plays Ford Prefect, an alien disguising himself as an out-of-work actor who sets out on an intergalactic journey with his best friend, mild-mannered earthling Arthur Dent (Freeman). The duo hitch a ride through space with Rockwell's Zaphod, the beautiful and brilliant scientist Trillion (Deschanel) and a depressed robot while on a quest to discover the meaning of life.

[29.01.2004] Bei CS! gibt es eine Variety-Meldung...
The Office star Martin Freeman, Zooey Deschanel and Mos Def will top the cast of Spyglass Entertainment/Walt Disney Pictures' feature version of Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
The story centers on Arthur Dent (Freeman), who is whisked off the planet by Ford Prefect (Def), an undercover alien researching "The Hitchhiker's Guide" just before Earth is destroyed to create a new hyperspace freeway.
Deschanel plays Trillian, girlfriend of Zaphod Beeblebrox, a two-headed, three-armed ex-hippie and current president of the Galaxy.
Garth Jennings and Nick Goldsmith will direct the film, which starts shooting April 19 in London.


[17.01.2004] MJ Simpson, Autor von "Hitchhiker: A Biography of Douglas Adams", weiss mehr über Marvin...
The very first piece of design from the movie has slipped out accidentally onto the net - and it’s terrific. It’s this prototype costume for Marvin the Paranoid Android, which is now confirmed as the role being played by Warwick Davis. The picture was spotted by a fan who innocently looked at a site which turned out to be producer Nick Goldsmith’s blog! The blog should of course have been password protected and as soon as the mistake was spotted, it was taken down. However, the picture is now in the public domain.
This is not a hoax - there was in fact a short video clip on the blog of Warwick trying the costume on, which I don’t have the technology to show - but it should be stressed that this is not the final costume, merely one of several prototypes developed by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop last September. A reliable source at Henson’s has confirmed that several other prototype Marvin suits have been produced - though they’re all about three feet tall! - and a final selection has not been made.
The voice of Marvin remains uncast, despite what the Inaccurate Movie Database says, but Stephen Moore has not been discounted. It should be stressed that such casting news as has leaked out - Bill Nighy, Martin Freeman and Warwick - has not actually been confirmed by the producers because contracts have not yet been signed. I have however been given the names of five other actors - two British, three American - who have been cast and will be announced when signatures are in place.


[13.01.2004] Hitchhiker-Day !!! Laut Cinescape wird u.a. in Island gedreht, wobei die Firma Labrador Pictures die Produktion vor Ort unterstützen wird... Und BBCi meldet...
Love Actually star Bill Nighy and Martin Freeman (Tim from The Office) are set to topline sci-fi comedy The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy.
Talking exclusively to BBCi FILMS, Nighy says he's been cast as alien planet designer Slartibartfast in the long-gestating adaptation of Douglas Adams' novel. Freeman will play Arthur Dent, the everyday Earthling thrust into an interplanetary adventure.
"I'm a big fan of the book and the people who are making it are very cool people and I think they're going to do a good job," says Nighy. "It's a really good script. It's really, really faithful [to the book]. All the jokes are there and they're big fat jokes. It's wonderful. And with all the technology we have now, it can not only be a big satisfying comedy but I figure it could be quite exciting as well."
Nighy also states that a director isn't set yet, although hotshot music vid team Hammer & Tongs (aka writer-director Garth Jennings and producer Nick Goldsmith) were on board last High Noon heard. Fingers crossed, it sounds like this could finally liftoff.


[12.01.2004] Bei Fangoria gibt es ein Interview mit Warwick Davis (u.a. "Willow"), in dem ganz nebenbei erwähnt wird, dass er in "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" mitwirken wird !!!

[10.12.2003] Bei DH gibt es Neues aus der Gerüchteküche in Sachen "Anhalter"-Verfilmung...
"The production bloke was being consulted about what to do in the way of pre-production publicity - he suggested showing the public any pre-production sketches and models that they have... do some interviews with the directors to let the fans see that they're fans as well and not just a couple of music video directors... talk about the input Douglas Adams had into the screenplay and other aspects of the project... he also used the word 'films' (plural) but it wasn't clear if he was referring to films in general or to there being more than one Hitch Hikers film... apart from that it was pretty standard stuff but it's good to know that the ball is definitely rolling...".

[03.10.2003] CS! meldet...
Disney and Spyglass have greenlit the adaptation of Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, to shoot in London next year.
Adams' tale of the intergalactic travels of Arthur Dent will be steered by director Garth Jennings and producer Nick Goldsmith.
Jay Roach had to drop out as director because of his "Austin Powers" sequels and imminent plan to direct the Meet the Parents sequel.


[18.06.2003] CS! meldet...
Five years after Spyglass partner Roger Birnbaum and Disney first engaged Douglas Adams and his "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," Spyglass has set British commercial and video directing and producing team Hammer & Tongs to make its feature directing debut.
The team is writer-director Garth Jennings and producer Nick Goldsmith, and they will work with "Chicken Run" scribe Karey Kirkpatrick, who did a polish on a script written by the author. Spyglass is budgeting the film and will soon set a start date.
Disney has first crack at thumbing a ride on the "Hitchhiker" package as domestic distributor, since the Mouse House was involved in the original purchase.
"We finally cracked the story, and hired these clever English fellows to make sure that the picture is visually inventive and funny and accessible to contemporary audiences while still connected to the book Douglas wrote almost 25 years ago," Birnbaum said.
He first bought the book when he ran Caravan. He, partner Gary Barber and Spyglass' Jonathan Glickman will produce along with Goldsmith, Jay Roach (who once developed the pic to direct) and Robby Stamp, who was Adams' partner.
Adams, who passed away nearly two years ago, will have a posthumous exec producer credit. Spyglass' Derek Evans, who originally found the book, will also be exec producer. [...]


[07.02.2002] SF-Infodienst berichtet über "Lachs im Zweifel"...
In Douglas Adams' letztem - unvollendetem - Roman lässt der Autor einmal mehr Privatdetektiv Dirk Gently im Dunkeln tappen. Gently wird von jemandem angeheuert, den er nie trifft, um einen Job auszuführen, der nicht spezifiziert wird. Also verfolgt er Leute nach dem Zufallsprinzip. Seine Spur führt ihn schließlich in ein futuristisches L.A. ...
Als Douglas Adams am 11. Mai 2001 in Santa Monica an den Folgen eines Herzinfarkts verstarb, hinterließ er eine riesige Fangemeinde, die seit Jahren sehnsüchtig auf neue Werke des genialen Briten wartete. Lachs im Zweifel ist sein einzigartiges Vermächtnis, enthält es doch erstmals die ersten elf Kapitel eines neuen Romans, an dem der Autor bis zu seinem Tod arbeitete. Das Buch wird komplettiert von einer eindrucksvollen Werkschau seiner wichtigsten Artikel, Kolumnen, Kurzgeschichten und Interviews, die seine Frau nach seinem Ableben fand und die viel über den Menschen Douglas Adams und sein Werk aussagen. So finden sich aufschlussreiche Interviews über Adams' geplante große Kinoverfilmung zu "Per Anhalter durch die Galaxis", dazu, wie es mit seinem letzten Roman weitergehen sollte, oder sein erster veröffentlichter Brief im Science-Fiction-Magazin "The Eagle", geschrieben im Alter von 12 Jahren.


[16.01.2003] Laut AICN sitzt Jay Roach nicht länger im Regiestuhl...
[...] Jay Roach turned down 'Hitchhikers' on Monday. Saying that there was something else he'd rather direct.
At the time the film was close to being green lit, so the producers are now looking for someone to replace him, The difficulty is finding an established director that'll be happy to re-create Douglas Adams's vision of the story and not over power the film with his/her own outlook on it. [...]


[10.01.2003] Laut AICN kriegt die "Hitchhiker"-Verfilmung grünes Licht...
[...] last night, on BBC Radio 2, Douglas Adams' wife, Jane Belson, was being interviewed and she was asked about the film, she said that Karey Kirkpatrick (James and the Giant Peach and Chicken Run) had been working on a script with Douglas and that some producers had read it and liked it, and that the executive producers had read it and liked and it seems to have a green light.
But that's all she could say, unfortunately with no more details. [...]


[17.09.2002] CS! meldet...
Variety reports that screenwriter Karey Kirkpatrick has come onboard to co-adapt the screenplay of Douglas Adams' The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. Adams originally penned the feature adaptation prior to his death last May and will have a posthumous producing credit on the pic.
Jay Roach (Austin Powers series) is attached to direct and will produce with Spyglass Entertainment partners Roger Birnbaum and Gary Barber. [...] Kirkpatrick previously wrote Chicken Run, The Road to El Dorado, James and the Giant Peach and Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves.


[20.07.2002] AICN zitiert Jay Roach...
[...] Though the last tidbit I heard on this project was that Michael Gondry was mentioned to direct (he surely has fallen out by now, considering the dismal critical and financial success of Human Nature, and his creative investment in Glory of the Spotless Mind), Roach has reaffirmed that a new draft of the script is currently being written. In Roach's own words, he says that "quirky and expensive" isn't the type of thing studio's like to greenlight, regardless of the fanbase it has. Maybe Goldmember's grosses will help get this made.

[28.02.2002] Endlich gibt es die "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" TV-Serie auf DVD - bislang allerdings nur in O-Ton !!!

[03.01.2002] Dark Horizons meldet...
Douglas Adams' ex-agent Ed Victor was interviewed for the BBC's Drive program and asked about the status of the movie adaptation which is currently residing in early form over in Disney's vaults: "It's in that place known as development hell in Hollywood. Ironically since Douglas's death things have started to look better for the film because a lot of people like me have determined that this film must be made in some kind of honour to him...we all want to see it made and hopefully it will be". What about the tone of the movie: "I think you'd have to shoot it as a British thing as for example JK Rowling insisted that her book was done as a British film as opposed to a Hollywood film. The things about Douglas's books, the humour of Douglas's books, is that you have to take them seriously, you can't play them for laughs. They just induce laughter and I think I could see just how this could be done. I know that Douglas thought Hugh Grant (Anmerkung: Hugh Grant !?! Weiss der Mensch von was er spricht !?! Adams wollte Hugh Laurie !!!) would make a marvelous Arthur and one of the Hollywood actors that's been tracking this for a long time, who wanted top play Zaphod Beeblebrox was Jim Carrey. So if you put those two together perhaps you could see a film there".

[29.11.2001] R2 Project hat Bilder vom Cover der DVD zur BBC-Serie, die schon am 28. Januar 2002 erscheinen soll... Sowie Infos zu den "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" DVD-Extras...

[20.11.2001] Spiegel Online berichtet...
Zum ersten Todestag des britischen Science-Fiction-Autors Douglas Adams wird der sechste und letzte Roman aus der Trilogie "Per Anhalter durch die Galaxis" erscheinen. Titel des unvollendeten Werks: "A Salmon Of Doubt". [...] wird voraussichtlich in einem anthologischen Sammelband mit anderen bisher unveröffentlichten Adams-Werken erscheinen. Wie der "Sunday Telegraph" berichtet, sollen darin sowohl Zeitungs- und Magazinartikel des Verstorbenen als auch Website-Einträge und Radiobeiträge enthalten sein.

[05.10.2001] R2 Project berichtet über die DVD der BBC-Serie, die am 14. Februar 2002 erscheinen soll...
EXTRAS: A one Hour Making of documentary ; Ten Minutes of out takes; 2 Easter Eggs; Deleted scene from episode 2 (Two and half minutes); Eight minute introduction from Peter Jones; A segment from "Tomorrow's World" about the ground breaking graphics in the series; A Six minute feature from the old "Pebble Mill at One" TV series.

[13.08.2001] Peter Braum hat die "A Tribute to Douglas Adams"-Petition ins Leben gerufen... Mit Bitte um rege Beteiligung !!!
"Mit dieser Petition hoffe ich zu erreichen, dass die Disney Studios doch endlich die "PER ANHALTER DURCH DIE GALAXIS" Bücher verfilmt. Ich denke, viele andere möchten das auch. Wenn wir gemeinsam viele Stimmen einholen, können wir bestimmt was bewegen."

[11.07.2001] Im Forum der offiziellen Website von Douglas Adams gibt es einen interessanten und humorvollen Thread über die Musik, die im Film verwendet werden sollte... Ausserdem kann man das klassische Infocom Textadventure im Java-Format spielen...

[06.06.2001] SF-Radio berichtet...
Der Regisseur Jay Roach erzählte der Webseite Popcorn U.K., dass er immer noch dafür bestimmt ist, eine Kinoversion von Douglas Adams "Per Anhalter durch die Galaxis" herauszubringen, unabhängig von Adams kürzlichen unerwarteten Tod. Adams Tod im Alter von 49 jahren war "eine kleine Tragödie für das Projekt," erzählte Roach der Seite.
Zum Zeitpunkt seines Todes hat Adams das Drehbuch für die angekündigte Kinoversion seines satirischen Science Fiction Romanes fertiggestellt. Der Film hängt nun "ein wenig in der Luft, weil wir uns alle darauf gefreut hatten, ihn mit Douglas zu drehen" sagte Roach. Er fügte dennoch hinzu, dass er hofft, den Film auf die große Leinwand zu bringen. "Es bleibt eines der großartigsten humoristischsten Sci-Fi Dinge aller Zeiten, deshalb werden wir weiter dafür kämpfen."


[04.06.2001] IMDb berichtet...
The last works of sci-fi legend Douglas Adams are to be published later this year. The collection will contain an unfinished new novel and the screenplay to the proposed film of The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy. A number of e-mail essays will also be published. Publishers Pan are scanning the author's personal computer to help piece together Adams's final novel. Salmon Of Doubt was to be his first new novel since Mostly Harmless, the fifth volume in The Hitchhikers' Guide 'trilogy', which was published nine years ago. Adams is thought to have started work on Salmon Of Doubt in 1995. Adams's friends and colleagues are planning a memorial event for the author in London in September. His literary agent, Ed Victor, says, "The plan is to hold the sort of party Douglas always loved, involving crowded rooms filled with lots of interesting people. It's not likely to be a wake so much as a celebration."

Douglas Adams gestorben !!!
[12.05.2001] Phantastik.de berichtet...
"Der Autor Douglas Adams ist am Freitagmorgen im Alter von 49 Jahren in Santa Monica/Kalifornien einem Herzinfarkt erlegen. Der 1952 geborene Adams war vor allem fuer seinen humoristischen SF-Roman "Per Anhalter durch die Galaxis" und dessen Fortsetzungen bekannt geworden. Adams hinterlaesst seine Frau und eine Tochter. "Per Anhalter durch die Galaxis" verkaufte sich bisher weltweit ueber 14 Mio. mal, es gab ein BBC-Hoerspiel hierzu und eine TV-Serie. Geoffrey Perkins, Chef des Komoedien-Abteilung von BBC, sagte in einer ersten Reaktion auf die Nachricht, Adams sei eines der kreatisten Genies, die je fuer das humoristische Radio gearbeitet haetten. Adams und seine Frau waren 1999 von London nach Kalifornien gezogen, dort hatte er seine Multimedia-Firma "The Digital Village" gegruendet (diese Firma schuf das CD-ROM-Game "Raumschiff Titanic", zu dem spaeter auch ein Roman herauskam). Seit einiger Zeit in der Entwicklungsphase ist eine Verfilmung von "Per Anhalter durch die Galaxis", welche das Disney Studio in die Kinos bringen will - was aus diesem Projekt jetzt wird ist noch unklar, Adams selbst war mit dem Drehbuch beschaeftigt."

SWR 2 straht "Per Anhalter ins All" im Mai aus !!!
[30.04.2001] Phantastik.de berichtet...
"Vom 8. bis 23.05.01 sendet der Sender "DasDing" die zwölfteilige Hörspielreihe "Per Anhalter ins All". Die Serie wird auch im SWR2 "Dschungel" gesendet. Die Ausstrahlung erfolgt jeweils um 20 Uhr von montags bis freitags bei "DasDing" und jeweils um 14:05 Uhr von montags bis freitags in SWR 2 "Dschungel". Ab dem 04.05.01 gibt es nähere Infos hierzu im Internet unter DasDing.de - dort kann man das Hörspiel ebenfalls unter o.g. Terminen verfolgen..."

Kein neuer Regisseur !?!
[19.03.2001] Gegenüber SFX meinte Jay Roach, er wäre noch immer an Bord der Produktion... Das Budget sei auch nicht so hoch wie IGN FilmForce berichtete, eher 80 Mio. US-Dollar... Und er arbeite zur Zeit mit Douglas Adams an einer Budget-gerechten Umsetzung...

Ein neuer Regisseur !?!
[17.03.2001] IGN FilmForce berichtet, dass Jay Roach nicht länger als Regisseur für die Verfilmung von "Per Anhalter durch die Galaxis" zur Verfügung steht... Grund dafür sind Differenzen mit Disney, denen Roachs riesige Budget-Forderungen missfielen... Mit Michel Gondry (u.a. "Human Nature") scheint bereits ein neuer Regisseur gefunden zu sein... Bleibt nur die Frage, ob diese Entscheidung den Produktionsprozess beschleunigt oder verlangsamt... *g*

Interview mit Regisseur Jay Roach
[12.01.2001] Bei Popcorn UK gibt es ein Interview mit Regisseur Jay Roach... Über seine Pläne berichtet er im Real Video Interview...

Internationale Besetzung
[14.11.2000] Teletext UK berichtet... Bruce Willis (u.a. "Sixth Sense) als Zaphod !?! Oder doch eher Jim Carrey (u.a. "Batman Forever")... Jay Roach möchte jemand "Grosses" für die Rolle des Zaphod Beeblebrox... Hugh Laurie ist noch immer Wunschkandidat für die Rolle des Arthur Dent...

Kommt der Film, oder kommt er nicht !?
[01.11.2000] Inside fragte Regisseur Jay Roach...
Inside: What is the status of your efforts to bring Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy to the big screen?
Roach: It's a project that (the novel's author) Douglas Adams and I have been trying to do for a long time. Douglas is doing the adaptation himself. It was at Disney and they've agreed to let us try to set it up somewhere else, but it's a tricky sell. It has a huge following ... and has worked in every medium it's been in so far including as a radio show, a novel and as a low-budget TV show which was very popular in England.
Studios have been reluctant to take the next jump into film partly because it's expensive, and partly because it's an unusual, unconventional approach to this kind of movie. It's a science fiction comedy, but it's almost Monty Python in space. It has a very smart, sharp, satirical tone and that's sometimes viewed as non-commercial. But my feeling is that it's the freshness and uniqueness that actually make it commercial, as opposed to the other way around.


Budget-Probleme !!!
[16.10.2000] Entertainment Weekly meldet... Stürmische Zeiten für Fans des Kultbriten Douglas Adams und seiner "Per Anhalter durch die Galaxis"-Reihe: Seit Jahren versucht man einen Film auf die Beine zu stellen, man verkündete sogar erst vor kurzer Zeit es wäre endlich geschafft eine Drehbuchversion zu produzieren die den Charme der Buchvorlage wirklich einfängt. Dann das Aus für das Team Adams / Regisseur Jay Roach: Disney stellt das Projekt wegen der zu hohen Budgetvorstellungen vorläufig ein. Doch Roach will nicht aufgeben: "Austin Powers wurde auch von jedem Studio zurückgewiesen, bevor New Line Cinema es schliesslich genommen hat." So gehen die beiden nun also hausieren ... mit dem Unterschied, dass der Film satte 85 - 100 Millionen US-Dollar kosten soll, dann doch ein wenig mehr als die Agentenblödelei mit Michael Myers ...

Verfilmung ohne Regisseur !?!
[11.10.2000] IGN FilmForce berichtet, dass Regisseur Jay Roach keine Zeit hat sich um "Per Anhalter durch die Galaxis" zu kümmern... Dank seinem Erfolg mit "Meet the Parents"... Die Verfilmung scheint sich also noch weiter zu verzögern... *g*

Arbeit am Drehbuch beendet
[05.07.2000] Coming Attractions meldet, dass Douglas Adams die Arbeiten am Drehbuch zur Neuverfilmung seines Kultromans "Per Anhalter durch die Galaxis" beendet hat und sehr zufrieden damit ist... Es sei endlich gelungen das Feeling des Buches einzufangen... Und jetzt könne man einen guten Film daraus machen...




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