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This October, Max Landis and Robert C. Cooper will bring Douglas Adams’ beloved book series to the screen as Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency debuts on BBC America. We sat down with the cast and crew at San Diego Comic-Con last weekend, where they unveiled a new trailer and gave us some insights into the new show.
Landis, who wrote the new Power Rangers movie, arrived in San Diego sporting a rainbow-colored flop of hair atop his otherwised shaved head and a T-shirt to match. He says the decision to adapt Douglas Adams to the screen was an easy one. “Don’t you want to pick up Excalibur?” he asks. “Once King Arthur drops it, don’t you want to get that sword? I mean it’s Douglas Adams! He’s one of my principle—it’s like Douglas Adams, James Cameron, Preston Sturges, The Marx Brothers, Rod Serling and Richard Matheson are like my guys. You tell me I can do any of their stuff—except for the Marx Brothers, who I’d never try to do—I’m there [snaps] immediately.”
While the books were adapted once before in Great Britain, Landis has a very different idea for the show, and is not shy about that fact. “It hasn’t been done yet!” he insists. “The BBC Dirk Gently didn’t even have supernatural elements. I mean, that’s what Dirk Gently is! [slams table]. This isn’t Monk!”
Showrunner Robert C. Cooper, best known for the Stargate franchise, says the new show is a mixture of character drama and dark comedy with a healthy helping of bizarre, hard-to-classify elements. “You look at the television landscape, and there’s so much stuff out there now. As a writer/creator you kinda go, “How do I do something different?” Well, this is different. I mean, I know it sounds cliche to say to press on a day like this, but it really isn’t like anything on TV. And I think that those types of points of view are actually very rare. When you have an opportunity to kind of play in that sandbox, yeah, why wouldn’t you?”
Elijah Wood attends the ‘Dirk Gently’ press line during Comic-Con International on July 23, 2016 in San Diego, California. A few photos can be found in our gallery. Please, credit to elijah-wood.org if you take the pics.
BBC America debuted the first look at “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency” Saturday (July 23) at San Diego Comic-Con — and it looks like a ton of fun.
Starring Samuel Barnett in the title role, the show thrusts loner Todd (Elijah Wood) into Gently’s investigation into the bizarre murder of a millionaire. The two cross paths with a cavalcade of wild and dangerous characters, each episode catapulting them around through seemingly random events that will eventually lead them to uncovering the truth.
“You’re a detective who doesn’t find clues. That sounds insane,” says Todd in the trailer, as he appears to have no idea what he’s gotten himself into.
“Everything is connected … The universe will make you a part of this whether you are complicit or not. You are now a vital part of the investigation,” says the eccentric investigator.
“I am not your Watson, asshole!” declares Todd. But it kind of looks like he is.
Co-starring Mpho Koaho, Fiona Dourif, Michael Eklund, Miguel Sandoval, Dustin Milligan, Aaron Douglas, Neil Brown Jr. and Richard Schiff, “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency” premieres Oct. 22 on BBC America. [Source]
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Centers on the titular holistic detective who investigates cases involving the supernatural. Based on the "Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency" novel series, written by Douglas Adams and published by Simon and Schuster in 1987.
When a depressed woman is burglarized, she finds a new sense of purpose by tracking down the thieves alongside her obnoxious neighbor. But they soon find themselves dangerously out of their depth against a pack of degenerate criminals.
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