One of my favorite underrated movies of the last decade is "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy." It wasn't a bomb, but it only just made back its budget at the box office and has floundered a bit in its home video afterlife. A real shame when you consider that "Guide," which was a spiritually (if not 100% textually) sound adaptation of the book, is only the first in a series by the late author, Douglas Adams. Speaking last week at ShoWest to Jay Roach, who produced and worked with Adams on the script for the movie, MTV's Larry Carroll asked if we'll ever see "Restaurant at the End of the Universe" and the rest of the series adapted for film.
"I don't know if they'd ever bring that back," Roach said, "but I loved working with those guys Garth [Jennings] and Nick [Goldsmith], who directed it." (Editor's note: IMDb lists only Jennings as the director, and Goldsmith as a producer.)
Even though the future might be uncertain, Roach is thrilled at what they accomplished with "Hitchhiker's Guide." "I had an amazing time working on that script with Douglas Adams himself for many years. So that was a great experience for me," he said. Roach is realistic though.
"It was always going to be that kind of a film that had a certain niche audience that would go crazy for it. And it found that. And unfortunately, that's not everybody, but it was a very good feeling to see that people who loved [the books] watch it."
Did they love enough for more to be made though? "I don't know," Roach admitted. "That's a question for Disney. You know, the first 'Austin Powers' didn't make a huge amount of money and it found its life and audience in video, so New Line looked at it and said, 'Hey, come back and make some more.'"
If you're looking for a takeaway, it's this: if you want to see more "Hitchhiker's Guide," buy or rent the movie. Simple as that. Or, as Roach suggests, write letters to Disney.
Were you a fan of "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"? Do you think more should be made? Were you okay with the ways in which the movie's narrative diverged from the one in the book?