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Last Updated: Wednesday, 18 June, 2003, 10:42 GMT 11:42 UK
Hitchhiker's film 'still in pipeline'
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
A TV series was made in the 1980s
A UK production firm has taken over the reins of a movie version of Douglas Adams' cult novel, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

Producer Nick Goldsmith, of Hammer and Tongs, confirmed a film version was still in the pipeline despite the death of the author in 2001.

The novel, the first of a series of comedy, science-fiction books by Adams, is a global best-seller and was originally a BBC radio series, before being adapted for television in 1981.

A film version has been in the planning stages for more than a decade but has never gone into production.

Adams died unexpectedly after a heart attack in 2001, with many fearing a film version would never see the light.

'Supportive'

The writer had been working on a script with Austin Powers director Jay Roach in line to direct.

Douglas Adams
Adams was a popular writer
When Adams died, Roach said: "It's on indefinite hold."

Roach will now act as a supervising producer, said Goldsmith.

"We have been working closely with Jay, who has been very supportive.

"Talking to Spyglass, the American backers of the film, there is more momentum now than there has been before."

British film-maker Garth Jennings is in line to direct the film version, he said.

Hammer and Tongs is best-known as a producer of TV commercials and music videos, including the popular Monkey campaign for ITV Digital.

The company has been working with script writer Karey Kirkpatrick, who has been developing Adams' original script.

"The script still feels very true to Douglas Adam's original radio script and the original TV series," said Goldsmith.




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