Netflix has joined Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency alongside BBC America, AMC Studios, Ideate Media and IDW Entertainment. The eight-part mystery series will air on BBC America beginning October 22 and will launch in all Netflix territories outside the U.S. in December. Based on the cult novels by The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy author Douglas Adams, it’s written and executive produced by Max Landis (Chronicle). IMG negotiated the deal with Netflix, AMC, Ideate and IDW; and is handling remaining sales.
Samuel Barnett, Elijah Wood and Hannah Marks star in the series that’s set in the unexpected world of the hyper, absurd, eponymous detective. Billed as a comedic thriller, it follows the bizarre adventures of eccentric Gently (Barnett) and his reluctant assistant Todd (Wood), as they wend their way through one big, seemingly insane mystery a season, crossing unlikely paths with a bevy of wild and sometimes dangerous characters. Each episode lands them a few random steps closer to uncovering the truth.
The series is also exec produced by Robert Cooper (Stargate) and produced by David Alpert (The Walking Dead) and Rick Jacobs (Wynona Earp) for Circle of Confusion; David Ozer and Ted Adams for IDW Entertainment; and Arvind Ethan David and Zainir Aminullah for Ideate Media.