Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Re-working Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy

If you liked the big screen version of Hitchhiker's the man who deserves some of the praise (as well, obviously, as original author Douglas Adams) is US scriptwriter Karey Kirkpatrick. And if you didn't like it, then he's probably the man to blame! He's interviewed by Denis Faye for The Writers Guild of America, west
Primarily, it [Douglas Adam's original feature script] was missing a middle, a second act. It was missing things you'd expect, like an active central protagonist with an emotional arc. It's a hard piece of material to weave that into because it started as a series of sketches in a radio play that were turned into a book. A lot of its charm is in how verbose it is and its wordplay, so in that way, it'd sort of be a Monty Python movie, but you can't do that for the amount of money it takes to realize this kind of material. I think that was the thing that was preventing it from ever getting made.

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