Dirk Gently is a project that has been rumoured for quite some time to be moving to America. This adaptation of the classic series of novels, by Douglas Adams, has been eagerly anticipated, and now we finally have confirmation.
The books tell the stories of Dirk Gently, who works out cases based on the “fundamental interconnectedness of all things,” and whose cases can involve time travel, impossible physics, systems of divination and old gods.
The series is to be written by Max Landis (Chronicle and Victor Frankenstein) and is set to take Dirk away from his traditional location, in the UK, and instead be set in the US. It is thought Actor Stephen Mangan will return as Gently, with Darren Boyd as MacDuff and Helen Baxendale as Susan.
So far, very little has been confirmed about the piece. As of this moment, we know that BBC America are producing it, the series has been green-lit for eight episodes and that it is not related to the short lived 2010 adaptation of the novels.
Overall, it is hard to get a feel on things, based on the limited information we have to go on. While Max Landis, I feel, is a solid choice to write the series, moving it to America strikes me as somewhat odd. Still it is too early to tell how this will turn out. Let’s hope it can live up to the name of the series.