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Hitchhikers Guide Movie Might Become a Trilogy

timothy posted more than 9 years ago | from the don't-let-lucas-touch-it dept.

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Noiser writes "The BBC reports that The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy movie could be turned into a trilogy. I wonder if they mean that it might turn into a trilogy in five parts, just like the book? I wish it did - unlike some people, I liked all of them..."

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First post (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12415746)

Lets see all five, I gope they dont reuin it like star wars

Re:First post (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12415755)

Cngrats on the first and secon posts.

Frist Psot! (-1, Offtopic)

copponex (13876) | more than 9 years ago | (#12415777)

Well, person who wrote screenplays for the star wars prequals, let's hope that you don't get this job too.

"I wrote them. I wrote all of them! They deserved it!"

big deal (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12415747)

don't waste your time seeing it

ok.. (5, Funny)

aixou (756713) | more than 9 years ago | (#12415750)

ok, I think we can start panicking now.

Re:ok.. (1)

bassgoonist (876907) | more than 9 years ago | (#12415787)

lol! clever. I would say in fact, there is no need to panic. The movie seems to be doing well in the theaters, so a second and further movies are a possibility.

If they were to bring in Terry Gilliam as director (5, Insightful)

jpardey (569633) | more than 9 years ago | (#12415802)

I would stop panicing.

Re:If they were to bring in Terry Gilliam as direc (1)

Duke Machesne (453316) | more than 9 years ago | (#12415898)

mmm... scary but beautiful...

Re:If they were to bring in Terry Gilliam as direc (4, Interesting)

IWannaBeAnAC (653701) | more than 9 years ago | (#12416004)

Wow, that would be interesting. But does Terry actually like HHGTTG? I would imagine definitely YES, but it is hard to be sure about these things.

Well... (1, Redundant)

bassgoonist (876907) | more than 9 years ago | (#12415751)

It wasn't exactly true to the book. But it was absolutely hilarious, I REALLY hope they make all five! (ha!)

Re:Well... (5, Interesting)

zachtib (828265) | more than 9 years ago | (#12415820)

I actually thought it was very true to the book, except for a few minor things. I saw it on Saturday and reread the book today. As far as movie adaptations go, I was impressed, several passages were taken word for word from the novel

Re:Well... (2, Interesting)

ari_j (90255) | more than 9 years ago | (#12415852)

Yes, but Magrathea being the object of Zaphod's desire because of Deep Thought being there? Nope. I liked the movie, independently from the books. And, if we believe what we've heard from those who made the movie, the serious difference in the plot was Adams' own design. If I hadn't read the books, I would have liked the movie. I have read the books, and I liked it, too.

The only joke that they tried to include but destroyed was the leopard joke at the beginning. I can't think of any others that got swallowed like that.

Re:Well... (1)

everettpf3 (880595) | more than 9 years ago | (#12415863)

I didn't come expecting it to be exactly like the book, so i was pretty satisfied. The only thing that let me down was the lack of ford turning into a penguin

Why does everyone keep doing this? (5, Insightful)

spoco2 (322835) | more than 9 years ago | (#12415910)

Why does everyone keep saying "This was the same as the book", "This was different" etc. etc.

Surely you all know very well by now that Adams changed the story to suit the medium (and his own fancy). The radio play, books, TV Show and now movie are ALL DIFFERENT.

They share a LOT in common, but why people get all ansy(or is that antsy) about what's different in the films compared to the books is beyond me.

Re:Why does everyone keep doing this? (3, Interesting)

wyldeone (785673) | more than 9 years ago | (#12415982)

Yes, but the thing about the movie was that it was bad. I went into it with low expectation, but it blew away even those. I have loved the tv show, the radio shows (both the original and the new one) and the books, but the movie conveyed none of the greatness that filled the productions of the other mediums. By essentially removing all of the humor and corrupting all of the characters, what the viewer was left with was a non-sensical storyline and some cheap CG. I'm not saying that it has to be exactly like the book. I wouldn't have minded all of the new subplots they added, if they had been humorous. Instead, they became a laundry list of places to go to, at which some item had to be for no very good reason.

I didn't mind LoTR; sure the movie changed some things but I accepted that those changes probably helped it in the new medium. However, the H2G2 movie, irregaurdless of whether there had been a book before, was just bad.

Re:Well... (5, Insightful)

cluening (6626) | more than 9 years ago | (#12415950)

Keep in mind that the book wasn't even true to the book. Or something like that.

Really! The radio plays, the book, the BBC TV series, and the towel all had slightly different and often contradictory story lines. Having the movie differ is just another evolution in the story.

I LOVE VAGINA (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12415752)

PREACH ON BROTHER PUSSY

Dirk Gently (4, Insightful)

Audent (35893) | more than 9 years ago | (#12415759)

Come on, where's the Dirk Gently movie/TV series? I know, I know, it was a lot like Dr Who (in fact, I can't read DG without picturing Tom Baker in the role) but frankly it was brill and should be done at once.

The Long Dark Tea-time of the Soul (despite having a great title) wasn't so good but the first one (Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency) was excellent.

Re:Dirk Gently (4, Informative)

Jeremi (14640) | more than 9 years ago | (#12415795)

(in fact, I can't read DG without picturing Tom Baker in the role)


I always picture Jack Black. Oh, and they'd better be sure to use the proper late-1980's-era Macintoshes...


Btw, while you're waiting for the movie, try the comic [dirk-gently.com] ...

Re:Dirk Gently (5, Interesting)

MrP- (45616) | more than 9 years ago | (#12415830)

speaking of jack black.. i think he'd make a cool hotblack desiato

Re:Dirk Gently (3, Funny)

tktk (540564) | more than 9 years ago | (#12415902)

While we're imagining this....

Have Christopher Walken as the Electric Monk.

For no reason at all, just for the hell of it.

Re:Dirk Gently (1)

B3ryllium (571199) | more than 9 years ago | (#12416047)

Or Jay Mohr.

Re:Dirk Gently (1)

sharkey (16670) | more than 9 years ago | (#12415957)

Oh, and they'd better be sure to use the proper late-1980's-era Macintoshes...

You mean Windows 95?

DNA wrote for Dr. Who & Tom Baker (1)

toupsie (88295) | more than 9 years ago | (#12415828)

In 1978 (1977?) wrote the episode of Dr. Who called "The Pirate Planet" staring Tom Baker and that thing on his lip. It includes Polyphase Avitron. Guess what that is. You can see HHGTG bubbling beneath the characters.

I like tea time better (1)

cosmol (143886) | more than 9 years ago | (#12415871)

I like LDTTOTS better than DGHDA. The standoff between dirk and his housekeeper over the refrigerator is great stuff.

Much agreed! (4, Insightful)

jellisky (211018) | more than 9 years ago | (#12415874)

Those two are both MUCH more adaptable to film than any of the Hitchhiker books and were just as good. And personally, I enjoyed Long Dark more than HDA, but they were both some of the more entertaining reads I've had. - Jellisky

Re:Dirk Gently (2, Interesting)

B3ryllium (571199) | more than 9 years ago | (#12416075)

You know, while I was watching the movie "I Heart Huckabees", it struck me as being VERY Dirk Gently-esque.

Mostly Harmless... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12415764)

Yeah. Four more movies in which they could screw around with the plot, WITHOUT Douglas Adams.

Personally, I don't think they could do them justice, or make them interesting enough for the non-geek.

A Trilogy, why not? (1, Funny)

mfinke (160527) | more than 9 years ago | (#12415765)

Sure, make 5 and still call it a trilogy, just like the books.

Re:A Trilogy, why not? (1)

Reignking (832642) | more than 9 years ago | (#12415775)

Cincology? Pentology?

Re:A Trilogy, why not? (5, Funny)

magefile (776388) | more than 9 years ago | (#12415810)

Close, but no cigar. You're looking for the word pentateuch.

Re:A Trilogy, why not? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12415868)

we have a winner. are you jewish by any chance? or christian?

Re:A Trilogy, why not? (1)

StratoChief66 (841584) | more than 9 years ago | (#12415973)

Nooo, he is referring to the Douglas Adams trilogy in 5 books. Its a trilogy I tell you!

Re:A Trilogy, why not? (5, Funny)

The Taco Prophet (538981) | more than 9 years ago | (#12416035)

"Close, but no cigar. You're looking for the word pentateuch."

Spoken like... well, like a man who didn't get the joke.

Re:A Trilogy, why not? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12416061)

Spoken like... well, like a man who didn't get the joke.

Spoken like someone who got misled by the funky threading that Slashdot uses where parent posts aren't displayed (even linked). That was solely a reply to someone who was guessing what a five book series would normally be called (acknowledging the joke, but still wondering what the right word would be).

Sounds good (2, Informative)

imboboage0 (876812) | more than 9 years ago | (#12415772)

I just got done watching the movie a few hours ago. Very good I thought. I would very much like to see this keep going, so long as prodution values do not fall. All will be shown in due time (hopefully soon).

Re:Sounds good (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12416048)

Did you read the book? Sure the movie covered a lot of the plot and had cool effects, but it wasn't funny like the book.

Scripts (5, Insightful)

someguy456 (607900) | more than 9 years ago | (#12415773)

Of course, one of the redeeming properties of the movie is that Douglas Adams wrote the script himself, before he passed away.

Unless he personally wrote out the additional scripts, or at least laid out an extensive outline (plot/characters, etc), I don't think any more movies would be as successfull as the first, which couldn't really be considered a blockbuster per se.

Re:Scripts (1)

imboboage0 (876812) | more than 9 years ago | (#12415818)

If he did write something (at least an outline), I would assume that the rest would be at least 3/4 as good. Still worth a 12 hour BT download. Technically, wouldn't it be a quintlogy? Ah well. I still refer to Star Wars as a bi-trilogy.

Re:Scripts (5, Funny)

ari_j (90255) | more than 9 years ago | (#12415891)

I still refer to Star Wars as a bi-trilogy.

Well, it damn well wasn't a sexology!

Re:Scripts (2, Insightful)

Jeremi (14640) | more than 9 years ago | (#12415849)

Plenty of other books have been adapted into movies without the assistance of their authors, with varying degrees of success... it all depends on who is doing the work.

Re:Scripts (2, Interesting)

kevn (730412) | more than 9 years ago | (#12415875)

actually according to various sources. The movie was pretty much re-written after he died. unfortun his last draft was nowhere near complete.

hooray! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12415782)

Hooray! Another classic completly ruined by Hollywood! Lets see..
  • Planet of the Apes: sucked.
  • The Time Machine: sucked.
  • A Wizard of Earthsea: sucked
  • The War of the Worlds: haven't seen it yet, but will probably suck
  • Hitcherhikers Guide: sucked
That's all I can think of off hand. I know there are many, many more.

LXG, indeed. (4, Informative)

Grendel Drago (41496) | more than 9 years ago | (#12415816)

While Alan Moore's "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" wasn't exactly a classic, it was a tremendously disappointing adaptation of a densely layered and rather subtle work. That "LXG" crap was an abomination.

Oh, and "I, Robot". Couldn't they have made their silly action thriller with SF spray painted on the top without robbing Asimov's grave to do it?

And they're going to fuck up "Watchmen" next. Ugh. Stab stab stabbity...

--grendel drago

Re:LXG, indeed. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12415989)

"I, Robot" was written not on Asimov's work, just that the family wanted a quick buck and licensed his name. They just slapped it onto another script. Since this was Will Smith's venture, I'm sure he was the one who decided destroying a classic for profit was the best idea.

Re:LXG, indeed. (1)

NanoGator (522640) | more than 9 years ago | (#12416026)

"Oh, and "I, Robot". Couldn't they have made their silly action thriller with SF spray painted on the top without robbing Asimov's grave to do it?"

Maybe, but then it wouldn't have been as good as it was.

Re:hooray! (2, Interesting)

tjowatonna (620270) | more than 9 years ago | (#12415826)

You should check out Ursula K. LeGuin's website about the Earthsea movies. she hates them more than we do!

I didn't like (1)

mestreBimba (449437) | more than 9 years ago | (#12415789)

"Mostly Harmelss". I thought it a little strange after sparing Earth and Arthur for four book he finaly decides to knock off the whole crew in one swell foop.

Slightly anti-climatic and all that.

Re:I didn't like (2, Informative)

angelsdescent (627539) | more than 9 years ago | (#12415842)

If memory serves correctly he said he was going through a bad patch at the time and this was a reflection of his mood - He hinted towards regretting it afterwards.

As regards sources I can't remember - I may have come across it in an interview or perhaps the Salmon of Doubt

Re:I didn't like (1)

daviddennis (10926) | more than 9 years ago | (#12416052)

It was an awfully funny book even if it was a bit dark.

I think the fourth book, with Authur falling in love and living happily ever after, is a more likely version of Adams' long-term desire for his characters.

And this, of course, makes a romance between Author and Trillian seem perfectly normal and even correct. So perhaps the critics of the movie should think twice about this aspect of it.

D

So long, and thanks (2, Interesting)

dark grep (766587) | more than 9 years ago | (#12415790)

Well, it ended with the path open for another movie. To say it wasn't true to the book it true, but the book wasn't true to the radio script - which is how it was initialy written. The screenplay was at least co-authored by DA, so it is valid to say it is true to the Author's vision of how a radio series, adapted to a book, adapated to a movie, should be. Well worth the admission price in any event.

Re:So long, and thanks (1)

ATLgerm (684919) | more than 9 years ago | (#12415890)

I don't think many fans of the books were expecting the movie to be "true" to the book. I know I certainly wasn't. But it was *nothing* like the book. Not clever, not interesting and most of all NOT FUNNY. (Ok a few small chuckles.) But I really wanted to like this movie and it was just plain bad. Not just for fans either. If you haven't read the book you would have no idea what was going on, if you have, well, you were probably cringing at how it was slaughtered.

will the other movies be, like, funny? (1, Flamebait)

weighn (578357) | more than 9 years ago | (#12415797)

ok, I realise I've used a Hollywood-centric filler word in that subject, but Mr Adams was a wordsmith, not me.
The radio play, books, BBC series all used clever humour. Perhaps the scriptwriters can get a grip on that after one piss-poor attempt has seen light of day?

Re:will the other movies be, like, funny? (1)

drkich (305460) | more than 9 years ago | (#12416007)

Have you actually seen the movie? It was funny as hell. Here's your lemon weighn.

Re:will the other movies be, like, funny? (1)

Kuros_overkill (879102) | more than 9 years ago | (#12416076)

Yes, it was funny, but not Douglas Adams funny... I whant to know what the scriped looked like BEFORE it got to the second Author. (screen writer, what ever...) It just felt that that the jokes Adam's himself had written were, well... er... to put it quite franly, the missed the punch line, on all of them... almost. Marvin was spot on... Worth the price of the ticket right there.

Re:will the other movies be, like, funny? (1)

Short Circuit (52384) | more than 9 years ago | (#12416051)

I thought the movie was great. The satire of the medium itself was hilarious. Only Mel Brooks has ever done it better. That's not to say H2G2 is nothing but a flagrant satire on the medium; It's not. It had plot, character development, and unexpected twists.

Popular movies have evolved into a state where statements by an intelligent main character are obligatory. Having such a line interrupted, in the way that it was interrupted, was hilarious, and was a great shot at traditional moviemaking.

I only hope the subsequent movies are as good.

Movie annoying (1, Insightful)

SteelV (839704) | more than 9 years ago | (#12415803)

I saw the movie a couple days ago and found it to be extremely annoying, starting from the dolphin song, and lasting throughout. There were some good parts but overall it was not that great, even having read the book (and everyone I know how saw it without having read the book hated it).

Why make a sequal? Unless you replace the cast with people who can act...

Re:Movie annoying (1)

Acidic_Diarrhea (641390) | more than 9 years ago | (#12415897)

"Why make a sequel?"
To make money.

"Unless you replace the cast with people who can act..."
You don't need people who can act to make money with a film. And come on, Malcovich can't act? Are you serious?

Re:Movie annoying (1)

ATLgerm (684919) | more than 9 years ago | (#12415924)

*snip* Why make a sequal? Unless you replace the cast with people who can act... *snip* Actually I don't think the acting was bad at all, nor the special effects. The directing made it seem like it went nowhere and the chopped story made sure of it. But I really don't think you can blame the actors for how truly, unbelievably awful this film was.

Re:Movie annoying (0, Troll)

SteelV (839704) | more than 9 years ago | (#12415943)

Mark me as flamebait all you want your movie sucks nerds, deal with it!!! hahahahah!!!

(oh... who am I kidding i'm a nerd too...)

Just a suggestion (1)

Jeeo Ruunns (717309) | more than 9 years ago | (#12415804)

They should really concentrait on the humor and jokes instead of the action.

True, but... (3, Interesting)

GundamFan (848341) | more than 9 years ago | (#12415806)

I just can't see mostly harmless as making a very good movie. 'Restaurant At the End of the Universe', 'Life the Universe and Everything' and 'So Long and Thanks for All the Fish' could be very easily made into two movies... they have a kind of natural flow.

Re:True, but... (1)

MrP- (45616) | more than 9 years ago | (#12415887)

i agree, which is kind of sad.. i mean the ending probably wouldnt work so it would have to be changed (i think they're changing it for the new radio series).. but mostly harmless has 2 of my favorite parts (random in the forrest with the crashed ship and the new guide.. and ford and arthur trying to ride a perfectly normal beast).. it also has one of my favorite characters (random)

but so long and thanks for all the fish is my favorite book in the "trilogy" so id love to see that get made but im not sure why you listed it because i dont think that could be made either.. i mean it can but its totally different than the previous thread, its all on earth, slow, and a love story (plus im not sure how the movie will handle arthur+trillian, if they'll break 'em apart in the next one or make it more serious, in that case fenchurch wont work in the movie)

Re:True, but... (1)

GundamFan (848341) | more than 9 years ago | (#12415997)

Good point... but 'So Long' explains the whole "Oh no, not again" thing... plus the last message to creation, which would be a shame to leave out, but as a whole it may not make a whole movie by it self, in keeping with the tone of the first movie. If they do go for a trilogy... Marvin better end up older than the universe... that is all I am saying.

Re:True, but... (1)

MrP- (45616) | more than 9 years ago | (#12416074)

yeah.. there was a marvin photoshop contest on fark and i made an entry [elitemrp.net] .. and while it sucks, i aged him a bit (although probably not enough).. if he remains white throughout the trilogy ill be mad, especially if hes white because they remove all the time traveling with marvin

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Trilogys happen after big returns from film one. (1)

zymano (581466) | more than 9 years ago | (#12415821)

I don't see this as being a big money maker like the Lotr or Matrix series.

They can give it a try but I don't think it will happen.

I think (2, Insightful)

bloodstar (866306) | more than 9 years ago | (#12415833)

The movie was an enjoyable diversion. Was it the greatest thing ever? no. But it was a hell of a lot of fun and I sat through the entire movie with a silly grin on my face. Would I have tweaked a few things? Yes, but then again I think you can say that of almost any movie. But I'd see the sequals if they maintain the level of quality and a good mix of Adam's insanity (in a good way) and a bit of pacing.

Hell, I'll be seeing the movie again...

Re:I think (0, Offtopic)

GrahamCox (741991) | more than 9 years ago | (#12415978)

... a good mix of Adam's insanity...

His name is Douglas Adams, not Douglas Adam. Therefore the insanity that belongs to Adams is Adams's insanity, not Adam's, or even Adams', though the latter case is also considered permissable since it's a proper noun.

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Re:I think (1)

bloodstar (866306) | more than 9 years ago | (#12416033)

Yes indeed, I knew that. But in this case, my fingers got ahead of my brain. but thanks for pointing it out :)

Five parts? (2, Interesting)

x3ro (628101) | more than 9 years ago | (#12415836)

Why is it that people keep talking about the books as the authoritative original source which the films must be measured against? The books, while a good read, lack the immediacy and playfulness of the original radio show: by the time Adams came to write the books, he was, to a certain extent, the victim of his own success. The series became a franchise that was undeservedly bigger than its author (his Dirk Gently books were less pacey, but just as entertaining as the Hitch Hiker titles). For instance, Zaphod and Trillian, if my memory serves, were casually killed off in an episode of the radio show. He had full freedom. When translating the riotous, freewheeling romp through space that was the original radio show into book form, that episode was changed and the characters survived. I feel this change was made to preserve the Hitch Hiker franchise. The last three books in the five-part trilogy were, although quite amusing, increasingly tired attempts to massage some more life out of the original concept and characters, and did not have the same gusto as the radio show or the first two books (which were, I believe, that only ones that were adaptations of the shows).

Re:Five parts? (1)

flyingsquid (813711) | more than 9 years ago | (#12415993)

The radio show and the book each were exceptional in their own way, in my opinion. The book had some wonderful descriptions, for instance how the Vogon ships hang in the air "exactly the way that bricks don't". On the other hand, the dialogue came alive in the radio shows in a way that the books couldn't match- particularly Marvin I feel, his "pain in all the diodes line" for instance is so-so in the books and uproarious in the radio show. I felt the radio show lagged in the second half, but the ending blew me away- a very dark turn (I won't spoil it).

Concerning Dirk Gently, I reread those recently and liked them more than I had the first time around. They're not as furiously paced as the Hitchhiker's series, but they have some real gems. I loved the part about decision making software that works in reverse: starting with your decision and working back to the reasoning and evidence; they suggest you can clearly see it at work in the Pentagon (an observation as fresh now as it was then).

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Of course! (1)

dj245 (732906) | more than 9 years ago | (#12415853)

The BBC reports that The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy movie could be turned into a trilogy....

But only if it is more sucessful than the mean movie at this time does it become ripe for the "sequel" phenomenon. And only if the hollywood types want to milk it for more money at the expense of their souls (duh, of course they do)!

Note that cast being available, dead, willing; the end of the previous movie being sequel-friendly etc has no bearing on whether a sequel will be made. Its entirely based on profit.

Maybe 4 Parts (1)

tktk (540564) | more than 9 years ago | (#12415865)

If it's made, for the 4th movie they should just combine So Long and Thanks for All the Fish with Mostly Harmless. I don't know if I could stand watching a whole movie of Mostly Harmless, even if it was exactly like the book.

And because a trilogy in 5 parts has already been done...but a trilogy in 4 parts?

Re:Maybe 4 Parts (1)

acroyear (5882) | more than 9 years ago | (#12415953)

SPOILER WARNING

well, to my mind i don't see it making it past the first sequel, resolved by taking Malkovitch's character to the Man in the Shack, rather than the Guide editor that Zaphod ran into.

the main reason for planning for multiple sequels is that its easier to budget people, sets, and effects services, particularly when you do them "at once" aka back to the future and the matrix (and the upcoming Pirates of the Caribean). on the other hand, they have a knack for rushing them in the editing process because of the tighter time-limits (especially to get post-production started).

on the other hand, if one's a flop, it can take the other with it before its even released. #1 or not, its still only cleared $21mil in america, which isn't "instant gotta do a sequel" numbers by comparison to the 40 mil some films make in the summertime. Men In Black also shows the concern that sci-fi comedy may be a flash in the pan in Hollywood - first works on originality but you eventually run out of jokes (though not being a (totally) original project, there's plenty of Adams jokes to call upon).

So I think 1 more is it. Do the restaurant section, split everybody up so Zaphod can do the total perspective vortex, arthur and ford the 2 million years ago b-arc, and trillian gets some original subplot, then unite them all to resolve everything at the man in the shack.

one thing about the ending of the movie is that it makes the 4th book's entire premise useless -- 1) arthur now has somebody, and 2) the earth has already been reconstructed. So "flying" and God's Final Message is all there is, not enough to justify a film.

as i've posted before, if you want the 3rd, 4th, 5th books, go to BBC Radio 4.

Are you wearing my underwear? (2, Interesting)

MrAsstastic (851637) | more than 9 years ago | (#12415872)

I just got back from seeing the film for the second time. It wasn't as funny as opening night for some strange reason. I guess I knew most of the funny bits but a few still made me chuckle. I would definitely be interested in a few more flicks as long as they included Disaster Area and Milliways. I hope they put a lot more Guide in the next one, and I wouldn't mind if HHGG films were comprised of 35% of this. I forgot to bring my 3D glasses to check out the Magrathean warning visual, but oh well, maybe I will get another chance on the next ones. Excellent work I thought on the Vogons by the Henson crew, but why did the Vogon queue line not include that same quality? It was nice to see the original TV Marvin make a guest appearance waiting very bored in line though. Deep Thought looked great and I can't wait to see the first custom mod case! Weird coincidence by the way, when we walked out of the theatre, the first movie poster I saw in the hallway was for an animated feature entitled "Madagascar"...cool.

Slight tangent (2, Informative)

Presence Eternal (56763) | more than 9 years ago | (#12415876)

For those of you who hate what's been done to the books in the film, I'd suggest you dig up a copy of Frank Herbert's short story collection "Eye" and read his foreword. His situation and comments on the film version of "Dune" (By David Lynch no less), should be read by anyone who's seen a favored author's work get stuffed into cinematic form.

Most amusing difference between book and movie versions of dune:

Book: Maudib is the name of a mouse he saw get devoured by a hawk it never saw coming.

Movie: Maudib is some poetic nonsense about the shadows and the moonlight.

Re:Slight tangent (1)

Weaselmancer (533834) | more than 9 years ago | (#12416049)

Loved Eye. My favorite bit was ILRT: In Lieu of Red Tape. You'll know what I mean. Anyways...

There's another source of info about how bad Dune was. I looked around my house and couldn't find the book to cite, but...

My wife is finishing up an English major. One of the classes she took was on classic sci-fi. A book from her class was stories about the mangling of classic sci-fi into movies. There was a chapter about Dune.

A lot of strange things almost wound up in the script. It does let you know that the movie could have been (hard to imagine but true)...worse.

One version of the script had Paul and Jessica in an incestuous relationship. No kidding. And Salvador Dali almost wound up playing Shaddam IV.

I'll ask my wife what the book was so I can cite it properly just in case anyone wants to know exactly what the hell goes wrong when Hollywood tries to make a book into a movie. It's a facinating read.

Ugh. What a disappointment. (5, Informative)

Grendel Drago (41496) | more than 9 years ago | (#12415878)

Will they make Arthur into a romantic lead again, instead of the hapless bumbler he was meant to be?

Oh, oh! You know how whenever Hollywood is making a romantic comedy, someone thinks, "hey! This movie needs explosions to draw in the boys!", and adds some shit blowing which makes no goddamn sense? No?

Well, then why the fuck did they insert a turgid romance into the middle of a darkly ironic SF comedy of non sequiturs? To wit:

Arthur Dent, as the romantic lead, is playing opposite Trillian. And when the small white mice are about to carve up his head (they left out the "DICED!" line, but that's a minor quibble), he cries out that no question has ever brought him happiness, and that for him there's only been one question ever, and it's "Is she the one?" and the answer is "Yes!---It's always been yes!".

And then he uses his superheroic strength to break through his bonds and smush the small white mice. Slartibartfast smiles. Earth Mark II having been recreated and all the people on it restored, Arthur and Trillian go off in the Heart of Gold, happily ever after.

And that is why I wish to piss in the Cheerios of whoever made the choice to smear that shit on the movie. That's all.

Oh, and when the characters are all waiting in line, keep an eye out for the Marvin from the original BBC television series. He makes a cameo. I thought that was cute.

And the Earth is made whole again and no one's really dead and... ugh. It wasn't true to the spirit of the books, and it didn't even manage to be true to the letter in a lot of places.

And those of us who liked the original work are left sort of gesturing and lamely telling disappointed fellow filmgoers that, really, it wasn't like that at all.

Pfah. Take your sequels and shove 'em.

--grendel drago

Re:Ugh. What a disappointment. (2, Interesting)

OmgTEHMATRICKS (836103) | more than 9 years ago | (#12415984)

And that is why I wish to piss in the Cheerios of whoever made the choice to smear that shit on the movie. That's all.

That would be Douglas Adams. Just pray he has some old, rotten bowl of Cheerios in his grave so that you won't have to piss on his corpse if there aren't any.

Have a nice day.

Re:Ugh. What a disappointment. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12416065)

I suppose it's a coincidence that they waited until he died to start making this movie.

Re:Ugh. What a disappointment. (3, Insightful)

MagPulse (316) | more than 9 years ago | (#12416020)

Since Adams helped with the script, my theory is that after the radio show, book, and BBC series (did he help with that?), he thought it would be nice for Arthur to finally get Trillian. I don't think it was that out of character for him to fight for her.

Maybe the other person who Adams worked with on the script will tell us if this is true?

Re:Ugh. What a disappointment. (1, Offtopic)

Greyfox (87712) | more than 9 years ago | (#12416046)

Yeah, I suppose Hollywood doesn't think Americans are capable of dealing with the dark shit that keeps happening to Arthur. Even Adams seemed to repenting in the fourth book, only to come back and really give it to him in the fifth book.

Speaking of which, one of several reasons I only go to 1 or 2 movies a year anymore is because the pre-show advertising keeps getting longer and longer. I foresee a day when the pre-show advertising is longer than the movie itself, but I digress. Anyway, it would appear that we have no less than 2 or maybe even 3 inspirational loser coach adopts loser team and they all magically become winner stories coming up. How about doing one where some loser coach adopts a loser team and they all prove to the world that they really ARE just a bunch of complete fucking losers? Just for a change, I mean? Oh and it looks like someone's doing a Jumanji ripoff without the Robin Williams. Yippee.

Depends.... (1)

iopha (626985) | more than 9 years ago | (#12415880)

On how much money it ends up making. It'd take whatever an executive producer says with a grain of salt. Hitchhiker did claim #1 spot on opening weekend and grossed about 20 million, but it remains to be seen whether it has any legs, that is, if it will keep making money after the first couple of weeks. Now that all the fans have seen it, will it still rake it in?

Also, anyone have any idea how much the movie cost to make?

That sucks! (5, Funny)

Chairboy (88841) | more than 9 years ago | (#12415889)

I'm outraged! They don't support OGG vorbis or-

wait, what are we talking about? I'm not sure what we're being outraged about today.

Re:That sucks! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12415975)

The real question is:
Can it run Linux?

Arthur.... (2, Funny)

Weaselmancer (533834) | more than 9 years ago | (#12415899)

I am your father...

Impossible! (0)

Ki Master George (768244) | more than 9 years ago | (#12415931)

I saw the movie yesterday. It was alright, but two things about it make it difficult to accurately make a few sequels (namely 3 and 4, if I remember correctly).

In the movie, the world is returned to how it was just before it blew up. That's fine for all of us (although it's better if the Campaign to Save the Humans saves us all in book 4), but what about Arthur and Ford on prehistoric Earth in Life, the Universe, and Everything? It won't work. And in So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish, he meets Fenchurch, which wouldn't make sense if he was already with Trillian.

I probably should have put "Spoiler warning: Plot or ending details follow." like they have in Wikipedia at the top of this post.

Bad Retro-Temporal Tense (1)

richyoung (721218) | more than 9 years ago | (#12415944)

When you say "I wish they did" about something that hasn't may or may not willen have happened, it's like fingernails on a chalk board. Please, learn to use the retro-temporal subjunctive correctly.

Just watch the box office (1)

deft (253558) | more than 9 years ago | (#12415956)

and you'll find out if there will be a sequel.

BUT, be happyt hat hollywood is paying attention lately to KEEPING its blockbuster moneymakers safe by doing a GOOD JOB!

Look at the new Batman, it has been painstakenly revamped to avoid the neon junk it turned in too... Hollywood realized they need to be careful with things dear to the audience.

They saw/see if with Star wars, and got slapped again with Star Trek, who will be taking some time off, hopefully to be reinvented with the same care as Batman is being.

And no, it's not so much that they care about us, but it will make them more money.... the laws of the box office are applying themselves to the screenwriting, and its good for you.

Its Made by Disney (1)

stupidkiwi (817077) | more than 9 years ago | (#12415964)

It is made by Disney. Of course it will be a tradgedy!

Good job, retards! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12415988)

You chopped up the plot lines so that you condensed way too much stuff into one flick and mostly screwed the order and NOW you're thinking about a trilogy... AFTER you also inserted tons of marketing ploys (Marvin and Zaphod have guns? Hogpod? What?). Well done, marketing.

Rotten Tomatoes has HHG going straight to Rotten soon- the Cream of the Crop has already dipped, and the overall rating keeps slowly dipping.

It's gonna get Uwe Boll'd from here.

More movies seem pointless (SPOILERS) (5, Insightful)

Mr. Neutron (3115) | more than 9 years ago | (#12415996)

****Movie Spoilers, read at your own risk****

The whole thing that drove the books on was the fact that Arthur was alone and lost in hostile universe, with more and more of his home Earth ceasing to be. At the end of this movie, Earth is restored and Arthur gets the girl. What's the point in continuing? To see Arthur fly around the galaxy sight-seeing, with a great girl by his side, knowing all along he can return to his home whenever he gets sick of it? That's not Hitchhikers.

They'd have to re-blow-up the Earth and set up another love triangle with Trillian or something.

On one condition... (4, Insightful)

EEBaum (520514) | more than 9 years ago | (#12416010)

...fire everyone but the artists and Slartibartfast.

5 parts? No. (1)

ikkonoishi (674762) | more than 9 years ago | (#12416012)

Perhaps instead it will be a trilogy in fourty-two parts, thus completing the circle.

Don't forget your towel! (1)

StratoChief66 (841584) | more than 9 years ago | (#12416029)

Well, me and a bunch of friends took our towels to the movie in Hitchhiker fashion and were all pleased with it. So if your asking if I would like to proudly walk into the theater four more times with my towel (for the rest of the 'trilogy' I say hell yes. I pray that production values do not fall, though.

You have to understand that many of the jokes from the book wouldn't transfer over to Hollywood movie form very well so I'm glad that they found a way for it to feel Douglas-Adamssy while making it accessable to non fans. I can also accept that the 'plot' was altered to make it driven in some sort of way instead of having it meander like the book (something I think would have made non fans uncomfortable).

More is better (2, Funny)

Hao Wu (652581) | more than 9 years ago | (#12416041)

If they're going to do a trilogy, they should make, like, four movies at least...

I loved it (2, Insightful)

AaronW (33736) | more than 9 years ago | (#12416073)

After reading the review that said most of the humor was missing I was unsure of what to expect, but ended up really enjoying the movie. The movie is not the book, which is different than the radio and TV series. I went with a number of friends, many of whom are also fans of the books and the general consensus is that the movie was well done.

New radio show starts Tuesday (3, Informative)

dunsurfin (570404) | more than 9 years ago | (#12416077)

You might want to check out BBC Radio 4's webpages [bbc.co.uk] - the new series of the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy (Quandary Phase) starts Tuesday 3rd May. You can listen online using Real Audio, or wait for the Beeb to sell you a CD later in the year. More info on BBC Radio 4's Hitchhikers pages [bbc.co.uk] .

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