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H2G2 Cast Finalized, Starts Shooting in April

CmdrTaco posted more than 10 years ago | from the please-don't-sscrew-it-up dept.

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akahige writes "According to The Hollywood Reporter, Martin Freeman (The Office, Love Actually), Mos Def (Showtime, The Italian Job), and Zooey Deschanel (Big Trouble, Elf) have signed on to play Arthur, Ford, and Trillian, respectively. Stephen Moore is once again doing the voice of Marvin. No word on who's playing Zaphod (but wouldn't Eddie Izzard be great?). It worries me when they say things like, "Adams adapted his own novel for the screen. After his death, Karey Kirkpatrick came aboard for a rewrite." But it's Disney, so what do you expect? Shooting begins in April."

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541 comments

Don't forget... (-1)

SCO$699FeeTroll (695565) | more than 10 years ago | (#8127913)

...to pay your $699 licensing fee you cock-smoking teabaggers.

chuckd34@earthlink.net (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8128017)

I expect to defeat chuckd34's spam filter.

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sounds good (-1, Troll)

leadfoot (159248) | more than 10 years ago | (#8127917)

This sounds good

Re:sounds good (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8128001)

This sounds good


We need an ultimate movie that sounds good... Let's see, "What's yellow and dangerous?" HHGtTG. Nahhhh.

What to expect.. (5, Funny)

grub (11606) | more than 10 years ago | (#8127923)


But it's Disney, so what do you expect?

Probably not what you expect..

Multiple Hitchiker toys at (McDonalds|Burger King) so people have to make several visits to buy them all.

Perhaps a Hitchiker Ride at Disney World if the movie proves very successful.

A DVD release followed soon after by a "collectors edition" release.

A re-release of the books all spiffied up for the new consumers.

A movie where quality will be second to the marketting of junk collectibles.

bah.. /. needs a "+1, Cynical Bastard" mod.

Re:What to expect.. (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8127986)

Yeah, I love Douglas Adams and I like that he's popular, without becoming too non-geeky. You can tell a lot about a person if they know anything about Douglas Adams' books. Now every four year old is going to have seen a movie about it, robbing them even of the chance to experience the wonderful world of Douglas Adams *first hand*. I can not imagine what it would be like if I hadn't read the books first and based everything off a movie...

This would be one of the worst things that could happen to a kid, literarily. Douglas Adams was a memorable portion of my adolescence escape.

Re:What to expect.. (1)

shystershep (643874) | more than 10 years ago | (#8128044)

Lord of the Rings. 'Nuff said.

Re:What to expect.. (4, Insightful)

grub (11606) | more than 10 years ago | (#8128056)

Now every four year old is going to have seen a movie about it, robbing them even of the chance to experience the wonderful world of Douglas Adams *first hand*.

So true. I'd love to know the stats of the people which paid to see the LotR trilogy multiple times, bought the various DVD editions, plastic cups from some fast-food dive but haven't read the books and have no intention of doing so.
I'm not knocking Jackson or the movies, I think he did as good a job as could have been done, but no amount of CGI can beat the infinite movie screen of the imagination when fueled by a good book.

Re:What to expect.. (3, Insightful)

Golias (176380) | more than 10 years ago | (#8128157)

I'd love to know the stats of the people which paid to see the LotR trilogy multiple times, bought the various DVD editions, plastic cups from some fast-food dive but haven't read the books and have no intention of doing so.

Here's your stats:

Total: 0.
Margin of error: Not enough to worry about.

People who have not read the books tend to see them each once at the theater, and come out saying "a pretty good action flick, but kinda slow at times."

The psycho-fans who are buying little Gollum statues and set pieces off eBay are people who read The Silmarillion twice (but claim to have read it three times.)

Re:What to expect.. (1)

millahtime (710421) | more than 10 years ago | (#8127998)

"A movie where quality will be second to the marketting of junk collectibles."

Yeah, but the collectables might be worth something in like 2000 years. I want to save them in the origional package.

Re:What to expect.. (1, Offtopic)

Frymaster (171343) | more than 10 years ago | (#8128117)

A movie where quality will be second to the marketting of junk collectibles

ah disney. they took victor hugo's classic "the hunchback of notre dame" and gave us...

the lunchbox of notre dame.

Re:What to expect.. (3, Funny)

grahams (5366) | more than 10 years ago | (#8128018)

Perhaps a Hitchiker Ride at Disney World if the movie proves very successful.
Yeah, and then 20 years from now they will make a movie based on the ride.

Re:What to expect.. (5, Funny)

petabyte (238821) | more than 10 years ago | (#8128027)

bah.. /. needs a "+1, Cynical Bastard" mod.

I believe its called "insightful" :)

Re:What to expect.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8128104)

Heheh! I suddenly feel better about myself :) Thanks..

Re:What to expect.. (5, Funny)

thegoofy (301855) | more than 10 years ago | (#8128074)

Yes, I can see the advertising blitz now...

"Towels in the kids meals - Yes, Kids! You can hide from your parents simply by placing this over your head!"

"This weeks special, the so long and thanks for all the McFish"

Re:What to expect.. (2, Insightful)

adler187 (448837) | more than 10 years ago | (#8128080)

That would be McDonalds. I used to work at BK so I would know. BK only has the crappy Nickelodeon toys and other Non-Disney animation toys. And they wonder why BK sales are worse than MDonalds.

I once had a lady ask me if the most important part of her kid's Kids Meal was in there as I handed her food out the Drive-Thru window. I asked her what the most important part was, and she said, "The Toy of course!" Kids dont care about the food, its all about the toy. Just my $.2

Re:What to expect.. (1)

bigjnsa500 (575392) | more than 10 years ago | (#8128089)

You forgot.........

and

* Profit!

Re:What to expect.. (1)

Analogy Man (601298) | more than 10 years ago | (#8128108)

Multiple Hitchiker toys at (McDonalds|Burger King) so people have to make several visits to buy them all.

*Peril sensitive glasses (do not wear while driving)

*A little plastic fish you cram in your ear

*An action figure of the triple breasted whore of erotica 6...

That Dan Akroyd character from '70's vintage SNL hawking the plastic bag space helmet and a dr's toy kit with pieces of medical waste would have a field day.

Disney (5, Funny)

funny-jack (741994) | more than 10 years ago | (#8127930)

But it's Disney, so what do you expect?

Umm... a happy ending?

Re:Disney (1)

ispepalocacoc (592651) | more than 10 years ago | (#8128091)

Or a dead mother....mothers are often already dead or die in disney movies.

Zombies on the board (4, Funny)

phoenix321 (734987) | more than 10 years ago | (#8127933)

After his death, Karey Kirkpatrick came aboard for a rewrite.

Written in hell. No doubt...

Re:Zombies on the board (1)

H8X55 (650339) | more than 10 years ago | (#8127993)

No, Adams' death.

Re:Zombies on the board (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8128036)

I know. But that stylistic mistake was begging to be pointed at. Really ;)

LOTR (1)

somethinghollow (530478) | more than 10 years ago | (#8127934)

With all the Lord of the Rings ads, I was a little confused about what I was looking at. Usually pictures about the story accompany the story...

H2G2? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8127938)

Isn't H2G2 "The Restaurant at the End of the Universe"?

Or did the author mean H2G?

Or not...? If not.. what the fuck is the H2G2 part for?

Re:H2G2? (5, Informative)

tabacco (145317) | more than 10 years ago | (#8127965)

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

Re:H2G2? (1)

funny-jack (741994) | more than 10 years ago | (#8127968)

H2G2 = The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Re:H2G2? (1)

strictnein (318940) | more than 10 years ago | (#8127973)

Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.

2 H's
2 G's

H2G2

Re:H2G2? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8128130)

But the two G's are seperated by two T's....

Shouldn't it be H2G2tt or H2Gt2G?

Re:H2G2? (1)

vapspwi (634069) | more than 10 years ago | (#8127977)

_H_itch_H_iker's _G_uide to the _G_alaxy. See, two Hs and two Gs. Clever.

JRjr

Re:H2G2? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8128045)

Clever.

Not really.

HitchHiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1)

James A. E. Joyce (746360) | more than 10 years ago | (#8127985)

H2G2 == HHGG == HitchHiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

HTH.

Re:H2G2? (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8128011)

I prefer:

H1i1t1c1h1h1i1k1e1r1s1space1G1u1i1d1e1space1t1o1 sp ace1t1h1e1space1G1a1l1a1x1y1

I think I'm going to have to read the book again (1)

leadfoot (159248) | more than 10 years ago | (#8127942)

It's been close to 20 years since I read the book. I'll need to refresh my memory.

Eddie Izzard - Both Male and Female? (5, Funny)

Filmwatcher888 (595369) | more than 10 years ago | (#8127944)

Would he have one head with makeup, and the other without? - Cake or Death, Little Red Cookbook!

I still think... (1)

James A. E. Joyce (746360) | more than 10 years ago | (#8127947)

...it would've been better if they'd just kept the cast of the BBC television series we limeys made of it.

Re:I still think... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8128097)

I would have to agree.... having seen The BBC version, it was exactly as I pictured in my head when reading the books. I don't think I can see these folks in the roles.

Elf (2, Funny)

Dreadlord (671979) | more than 10 years ago | (#8127953)

Zooey Deschanel (Big Trouble, Elf)

Wow, I didn't know that the elves started to do movies for Hollywood ;)

But it's Disney, so what do you expect? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8127954)

A pan-dimensional Mickey?

H2G2 (4, Informative)

Archangel Michael (180766) | more than 10 years ago | (#8127955)

For those who don't know ...

HitchHikers Guide to the Galaxy

http://www.bbc.co.uk/h2g2/guide/

Re:H2G2 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8128043)

Thanks for the heads up

H2G2 (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8127956)

is it a good thing, or is it whack? I believe goatse is the new hotness, and H2G2 is old and busted, but I'd appreciate your insight in this matter.

On the studios... (5, Interesting)

brucmack (572780) | more than 10 years ago | (#8127962)

But it's Disney, so what do you expect?

Adams on this subject in The Salmon of Doubt:

"The Hollywood process is like trying to grill a steak by having a succession of people coming into the room and breathing on it."

Someone explain to the non-Hitchhiker educated... (2, Interesting)

AvantLegion (595806) | more than 10 years ago | (#8127970)

... what the appeal behind Hitchhiker's Guide is, and where one should start if it sounds good to them (books? radio? Infocom games?)

What was it that drew everyone to Hitchhiker's? Or did some people gain interest just from all of the different forms?

Re:Someone explain to the non-Hitchhiker educated. (1)

homb (82455) | more than 10 years ago | (#8128023)

Go get the book [bizrate.com] . The games and other media can wait.

Re:Someone explain to the non-Hitchhiker educated. (1)

justforaday (560408) | more than 10 years ago | (#8128050)

simple answer:

1) read the trilogy in order [starting with #1 and ending with #5]
2) move on to tv shows, radio drama, infocom game, etc only after step 1 has been completed

enjoy!

Re:Someone explain to the non-Hitchhiker educated. (1)

KrispyKringle (672903) | more than 10 years ago | (#8128067)

I'm only familiar with the books. But they're really good. Start with the first one (aptly titled The Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy). Then read the second, third, fourth, and fifth books in the ``increasingly innacurately named Hitchhiker's Trilogy''. Assuming you enjoy the first one. Which you will.

The reason the books are popular is because they are outlandish and enjoyable satire. Very comedic, very fun, very radical. A good read.

Re:Someone explain to the non-Hitchhiker educated. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8128075)

Start with the books.

While the radio episodes will probably get a good vote on /., the books are what most people are probably familiar with and generate the most discussion. Chock full of humour and insightful "observations".

Re:Someone explain to the non-Hitchhiker educated. (1)

Wraithlyn (133796) | more than 10 years ago | (#8128076)

You should start with that wholly remarkable book, "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy". And get yourself a towel.

Re:Someone explain to the non-Hitchhiker educated. (1)

IthnkImParanoid (410494) | more than 10 years ago | (#8128087)

My uncle bought me "The more than complete Hitchiker's Guide", which contained all four books and that fifth one no one really likes to talk about. The books are easily the funniest thing I've ever read.

The Infocom game, IMO, is just about the most frustrating thing known to mankind, even for someone who's read the books many times.

Re:Someone explain to the non-Hitchhiker educated. (1)

fireduck (197000) | more than 10 years ago | (#8128103)

Start with the books. i was first introduced to it/them through the Infocom game sometime in elementary school. I didn't quite understand the jokes or what was going on (why do i have to put the towel over my head again?) until I had read the book. Which I think I read concurrently with the game after I couldn't get past the introduction of the game. Haven't ever listened to the radio play...

One can play the game online here [elsewhere.org] .

Wry look at "Life, The Universe, and Everything" (1)

Ra5pu7in (603513) | more than 10 years ago | (#8128112)

What drew me to the Hitchhikers Guide series?

Humor would have to be number one.
Unpredictability would be second.

Adams takes the reader on many twists and turns to wind up where we least expect.

My favorite aspect of the books is how a single event in one book can be later explained in another book from a wildly different perspective (e.g. a bowl of petunias thinking "not again" in one book is not explained until a later book).

Re:Someone explain to the non-Hitchhiker educated. (1)

MagicM (85041) | more than 10 years ago | (#8128165)

What was it that drew everyone to Hitchhiker's?

I just wanted to be "in" on all the jokes about towels, fish, digital watches and, ofcourse, 42. Then I found out that the books are just ingeniously funny.

Borrow the book from a library or a friend. Read the first chapter. If you chuckle at least once, you need to own it.

Disney? Might be good .... (5, Insightful)

Xolotl (675282) | more than 10 years ago | (#8127972)

Disney did The Pirates of the Caribbean" [imdb.com] . If they do HHG with the same degree of style (and don't screw with it too much) it might be quite good.

H2G2? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8127975)

For those of us challenged by hip acronyms, someone care to expand on what "HT2G2" is?

H2G2 a common abbreviation? (2, Funny)

Dimensio (311070) | more than 10 years ago | (#8127978)

I admit that I'm not a fanatic like some, but I have never heard that particular string used as a short way to refer to the Hitchiker's Guide series. I've seen HHGttG once or twice, but usually I just see the whole thing written out.

It took me a moment to figure out the meaning of the headline. I had to actually read some of the additional commentary. If I had to actually read some of the commentary before posting on all articles, how could I shoot off an ill-informed comment that so blatantly exposes my ignorance?

Re:H2G2 a common abbreviation? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8128015)

Exactly. Shoudn't it be H2GT2G?
Or white not just write (since it's an article and not just random conversation) Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - so people can see the article on slashdot and know wtf it's about immediately?

Oh, wait.. it's only geeky if you do shit like "LOTR:ROTK" and shit...

Re:H2G2 a common abbreviation? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8128021)

Mod parent up please, I had trouble figuring out what the title meant too.

Re:H2G2 a common abbreviation? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8128146)

Mod parent down please, poster had trouble figuring out how to use Google and/or a browser.

Re:H2G2 a common abbreviation? (3, Informative)

danboy (48146) | more than 10 years ago | (#8128098)

H2G2 is the name Adams used for the Hitchikers website (h2g2.com) now owned by the BBC. That was the first I heard of it, but I think it's pretty common now.

Re:H2G2 a common abbreviation? (1)

nathanh (1214) | more than 10 years ago | (#8128106)

I admit that I'm not a fanatic like some, but I have never heard that particular string used as a short way to refer to the Hitchiker's Guide series. I've seen HHGttG once or twice, but usually I just see the whole thing written out.

So I'm guessing you've never been to h2g2.com.

It's about as official as it gets.

Re:H2G2 a common abbreviation? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8128111)

how could I shoot off an ill-informed comment that so blatantly exposes my ignorance?

I assure you, your comment makes that clear enough already.

Re:H2G2 a common abbreviation? (0)

Filmwatcher888 (595369) | more than 10 years ago | (#8128137)

The real-world, online guide [h2g2.com] has always been referenced as H2G2. And, since most online geeks refer to it this way, it would be an appropriate for /.

Zero-Peril Sunglasses, anyone?

they forgot the most important part!! (5, Funny)

xao gypsie (641755) | more than 10 years ago | (#8127980)

....what company will be supplying the towel???

What? (1)

spectasaurus (415658) | more than 10 years ago | (#8127988)

Should I take H2G2 to translate to Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy? If so, say so. Not all of us are fluent in gibberishspeak.

you know... (1)

musikit (716987) | more than 10 years ago | (#8127994)

having never read H2G2 i got to say now i whole lot more OSS and freeware product names make sense. until i read comments and what H2G2 ment i was truely baffled about what hollywood had to do with my favorite chat client.

Re:you know... (1)

happyfrogcow (708359) | more than 10 years ago | (#8128136)

having never read H2G2 i got to say now i whole lot more OSS and freeware product names make sense.

oh my god. what? come again?

This doesn't match at all! (2, Funny)

synth7 (311220) | more than 10 years ago | (#8127997)

When I read the story, Arthur was black and Ford was chinese. How dare they change the characters all around!

(And what's with them removing the Dutch accent that all the Orcs had in LotR? Everyone knows that's how they talked!)

I've got low hopes (2, Insightful)

KrispyKringle (672903) | more than 10 years ago | (#8127999)

Somehow, things that were anti-establishment, outlandish, and unique seem to lose that anti-establishment fun when they're reproduced by a major motion picture studio.

It always seems like they spend less time poking fun at things like how major motion picture studios do product placement and regurgitate the same old shit and spend more time doing product placement and regurgitating the same old shit.

But I don't know. Maybe I'm just being cynical. After all, it's Disney! The people who brought us Brother Bear and, uh...yeah, Brother Bear!

Re:I've got low hopes (1)

synth7 (311220) | more than 10 years ago | (#8128153)

Well, in addition to Brother Bear they brought us Country Bears [go.com] .

Methinks there's a Disney VP that has a thing for furries or something.

Original Radio Series (0)

tljohnsn (32689) | more than 10 years ago | (#8128003)

For me the radio plays will always be the highlight, though, with the books in second place. The animations on the TV series were *wonderful* but everything else looked wrong. Trillian is a sight classier than that, for a start (she's an astrophysicist ffs, not an airhead Essex blonde). Ford and Arthur looked nothing like they did in my head. And Zaphod... spare us. And as someone else said, Marvin doesn't really look like *that* does he?!

Huh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8128004)

Maybe I'm reading it wrong but did this slashdot article say Mos Def is playing Ford?

Maybe I'm retarded but isn't Ford white? I'm not racist but i cant see a black person playing ford.. am i just confused?

Did I read the book wrong and hes actually black?

So Long, and Thanks... (1)

ferralis (736358) | more than 10 years ago | (#8128008)

I just hope they don't continue through all the sequels, no matter how well received the movie is. I mrean, really... How long 'till Pratchet gets the same treatment? I honestly hope they don't get around to him posthumously.

Um ... ok. (1)

Ra5pu7in (603513) | more than 10 years ago | (#8128010)

I think I preferred the casting for LOTR. Martin Freeman looks like a good pick for Arthur, but the actors chosen for Ford and Trillian just do not fit my mental image.

Keaton as Zaphod? (2, Interesting)

Wraithlyn (133796) | more than 10 years ago | (#8128013)

Once upon a time I read that Micahel Keaton was their choice for Zaphod. I think he'd be great. :) This was years and years ago though.

Re:Keaton as Zaphod? (1)

makohund (10086) | more than 10 years ago | (#8128161)

That would be a cool choice. The last time this came up on Slashdot someone made a pretty good case for Bruce Campbell... and had me convinced it was a good idea. :)

Re:Keaton as Zaphod? (1)

EvilBuu (145749) | more than 10 years ago | (#8128163)

Perhaps years ago, I think he's a little past his prime to pull of a really hoopy frood like Zaphod. Taco's suggestion of Eddie Izzard is great, though it's likely another in a long line of false rumors/ruined hopes that he would play everything from Dr. Who to the next Bond (in heels!).

This must be Thursday. (5, Funny)

wildsurf (535389) | more than 10 years ago | (#8128016)

I never could get the hang of Thursdays.

OMG SCO IS TEH SuXX0R LOLOLOLOL HAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!! (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8128028)



Darl is dumbo HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

But it's Disney (1, Interesting)

frovingslosh (582462) | more than 10 years ago | (#8128030)

But it's Disney, so what do you expect?

Nothing. Loved the books. Enjoyed the BBC video, enjoyed the BBC radio play. Will not have it ruined by Disney and their idea of a rewrite. I'm so opposed to seeing this that I wouldn't even download it from the web.

Mos Def (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8128034)

Mos Def's one of the most gifted lyricists out there, checkout his album Black on Both Sides [amazon.com] .

Re:Mos Def (2, Insightful)

Shant3030 (414048) | more than 10 years ago | (#8128151)

Yes, he's tremendous

Obvious response (5, Funny)

elsilver (85140) | more than 10 years ago | (#8128038)

It worries me when they say things like,...

Don't Panic.

E.

Head going to explode! (3, Funny)

onyxruby (118189) | more than 10 years ago | (#8128040)

I think my head shall explode. Have loved the books for longer than I can remember. I even adapted part of one book for a play in college - went over well. Have also been boycotting Disney for longer than I can remember. Refuse to give them any money since long before their whole DRM, MPAA etc behavior. Head going to explode! Have I been sent to hell, with this as my punishment?

explain your article words (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8128049)

It worries me when they say things like, "Adams adapted his own novel for the screen. After his death, Karey Kirkpatrick came aboard for a rewrite." But it's Disney, so what do you expect? Shooting begins in April."

Why does it worry you when people say things like "Adams adapted his own novel for the screen. After his death, Karey Kirkpatrick came aboard for a rewrite."? This is a really confusing paragraph, d00d.

A black, American Ford? (2, Funny)

EverStoned (620906) | more than 10 years ago | (#8128064)

That's gonna be a tough one to pull off..

Re:A black, American Ford? (5, Funny)

NaugaHunter (639364) | more than 10 years ago | (#8128121)

They'll probably change him from Ford Prefect to Ford Taurus, or even Ford F-150.

Re:A black, American Ford? (1)

mooingyak (720677) | more than 10 years ago | (#8128135)

Martin Freeman is a black American? imdb says he was born in the UK. and I'll bet he's a whitey. or were you thinking of Morgan Freeman?

OT,but someone needs to make the [NO CARRIER] joke (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8128065)

Let me just turn on my infinite probab}=20 ]} } } }&..}=3Dr}'}"}[NO CARRIER]

Strange castng decisions? (3, Interesting)

tweder (22759) | more than 10 years ago | (#8128070)

Does the casting for Ford Prefect seem odd to anyone else? At least when I read the books, I NEVER pictured Ford Prefect to look like this [imdb.com] .

Re:Strange castng decisions? (1)

Xolotl (675282) | more than 10 years ago | (#8128124)

Neither did I, but the idea has been growing on me since I heard of it. Ford is about his zany character amd style than looks. This might just work ...

Re:Strange castng decisions? (2, Insightful)

mihalis (28146) | more than 10 years ago | (#8128128)

I thought that too, however since Ford is not even human (or at least not from Earth), insisting he be white and speak with a Britishaccent is a little limiting. After all, Ford grew up with Zaphod, right? Zaphod grew a third arm and second head on a whim, right?

Not that strange... (1)

toupsie (88295) | more than 10 years ago | (#8128140)

It's not strange, just imagine Chicken George in Roots being played by Jim Carrey. It makes perfect sense. You are just being racist with you anglo-centric mind.

H2G2? (1)

llZENll (545605) | more than 10 years ago | (#8128090)

oh ok Hitchhikers guide blah blah, ok taco, not everyone is as big a geek as you, spell this shit out please

zaphod actor (3, Insightful)

Stinking Pig (45860) | more than 10 years ago | (#8128100)

really, really ought to be Tim Curry.

At Least there's no Will Smith. (3, Funny)

Dolemite_the_Wiz (618862) | more than 10 years ago | (#8128115)

The last thing Hollywood needs is another crappy adaptation of cool Sci-Fi media by Will Smith. Wild, Wild, Wild West and MIB were enough.

Dolemite
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Disney is involved? (1, Funny)

FFFish (7567) | more than 10 years ago | (#8128119)

...that can't be good.

H2G2: It changes every time!!! (5, Insightful)

TheMonkeyDepartment (413269) | more than 10 years ago | (#8128120)

Throughout the history of H2G2, Douglas Adams adapted and re-adapted his works to multiple media. Starting with a radio show, moving to books and TV, even a computer game -- with every adaptation, he fearlessly changed it around as he saw fit, to embrace the strengths of the medium. The computer game is not the same material as the book, which is totally different from the radio series, etc. etc.

In other words, The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy series is all about change. If the movie is 100% faithful to the books, I'll be very disappointed. I want them to switch it around a little bit, give us some of the stuff we love, but also some new stuff too.

I want to see the wonderful spirit of H2G2 and the sense of humor of Douglas Adams accurately reflected in these movies. If that's done, I don't care if Ford is black, if Arthur Dent is Latino, if Trillian is played by Queen Latifah or if Fenchurch is played by Harvey Fierstein.

"Hollywood" Re-Write of H2G2 Scares Me... (5, Insightful)

ausoleil (322752) | more than 10 years ago | (#8128134)

So after the Lord of the Rings, comes another well-regarded piece of literature in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Hollywood did well by LOTR, let's hope "they" learned their lesson and will let a piece of classic writing stand on it's own and not try to stuff the story into a 2-hour formula.

My great fear of this is that the wit, sarcasm and anti-religious rage will be written out and instead, we'll get...Spy Kids in Space. The anti-religious part will be the first to go, otherwise Pat Robertson will be ranting and railing on Fox News about a horrible, blasephemous film coming from that esteemed home of children's entertainment, Disney. But it's a part of 'The Guide' and should stay in. Otherwise, it becomes...something else.

On the other hand, I suppose Disney should be given a little benefit of the doubt, after all, Pirates of the Caribbean was a highly entertaining film.

It will interesting to see what happens with this. I was hoping secretly Peter Jackson would handle the director's chair, given the respect he gave LOTR as literature. To me, Hitchhiker's Guide is a classic and should not be "messed with."

Wow didn't know _he_ was Mos Def! (1)

Serveert (102805) | more than 10 years ago | (#8128145)

Offtopic but, I really like Mos Def's music, I watched the Italian Job and had no idea that was him. Wow he is extremely talented, should be a good film.
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