IDW Entertainment and Ideate Media are teaming to bring Douglas Adams’ bestselling Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency novels to TV. IDWE and Ideate have optioned worldwide rights to the novels and have formed a partnership to co-fund development and co-produce with the intent of securing a direct-to-series commitment. Chronicle scribe Max Landis has been tapped to write the pilot, and will executive produce with Circle of Confusion (The Walking Dead).
Adams penned the Dirk Gently series after his comedy sci-fi phenom The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy. The novels center on detective Dirk Gently, who believes in the fundamental interconnectedness of all things, has a unique relationship with the laws of probability and physics and love of cats and pizza. Cursed with a relentless intellect, psychic powers he doesn’t fully understand or want, a gift for self-mythologizing, and a supernatural ability to detect disturbances in the fabric of reality, Dirk has found a strange calling as a private detective for impossible crimes.
“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,” said Landis. “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.”
Landis, repped by WME, Behr Abramson Levy, and Circle of Confusion, penned upcoming features American Ultra and Frankenstein. He will also make his directorial debut with the comedy Me, Him, Her in 2015.
In addition to the television series, IDW and Ideate will develop a series of Dirk Gently comic books for release next spring.
Ted Adams and David Ozer from IDWE, Arvind Ethan David and Zainir Aminullah of Ideate, and David Alpert and Rick Jacobs from Circle of Confusion will serve as executive producers. Ideate’s David brokered the deal with the estate. Option was negotiated through Ed Victor at Ed Victor Ltd and CAA.