Dirk Gently finds new life with Max Landis and IDW

Dirk GentlyDirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency (based on the series by Douglas Adams) is coming to a television near you thanks to IDW, Ideate, and Chronicle scribe, Max Landis.

The series (which will be accompanied by a graphic novel at IDW) centers on Dirk Gently, a titular holistic detective who focuses on cases involving the Supernatural. Gently believes in the interconnectedness of all things, with a unique view of the laws of physics and probability.

Landis will pen the pilot episode, and will continue with the series in an executive producer role. He had this to say of the project:

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.

Of course, this won’t be the first time the character has been on the small screen. In 2010-2012 BBC 4 aired four episodes of their own adaptation of the series. Starring Stephen Mangan and Darren Boyd, the series was well received (and very hilarious), but sadly the BBC chose not to continue with the series. I’d definitely recommend checking it out though, it was fab.

Still, it’s a great idea, and a fun character to play with. Adams himself always felt that the character of Gently leant itself better to adaptation than his better known Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy series.

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