The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is making the leap to the small screen. Hulu is developing a new TV series adaptation of the popular science fiction series penned by Douglas Adams.
So far, the production team includes Carlton Cuse as showrunner and Jason Fuchs as feature writer. Cuse’s television credits include Lost, Bates Motel, The Strain, and Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, while Fuchs did story work on Wonder Woman and provided the screenplay for Ice Age: Continental Drift.
For those few who might be unfamiliar with this classic of geekdom, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy tells the tale of Earth’s destruction so that aliens can build a space highway. It centers on a Brit named Arthur Dent and his best friend Ford Prefect, who is writing the travel guide of the title.
The series was first conceived as a radio show on the BBC back in 1978. Since then, Adams turned the idea into a set of novels that became many fans’ first exposure to his comedic stylings. This Hulu project isn’t the first time Hitchhiker’s Guide has received a visual treatment. The original novel was released as a feature film starring Martin Freeman, Mos Def, Zooey Deschanel, Sam Rockwell, and Stephen Fry in 2005. It was also made into a TV series in the UK in the 1980s, and recently the original radio cast reunited for a new radio dramatization.
Hulu occupies an interesting spot in the video streaming business. Long just a straight rival to Netflix, Hulu also began to build its own roster of original programs. While they aren’t as numerous as Netflix’s seemingly endless barrage of new and purchased IP, several Hulu projects have performed well with fans and critics.
Hulu’s position is also unique due to its backing. The company is majority owned by Disney, with Comcast continuing to hold a minority stake until 2024. The direct involvement of two major media empires, both on the verge of launching their own standalone streaming services, means uncertainty for what purpose Hulu will serve going forward. It might become more of a niche platform, a possible home to edgier shows than you’d find among the family-friendly fare of Disney+ or the sitcom favorites of NBCUniversal’s upcoming service. Or, it might wind up getting folded into Disney once it takes full ownership. Anything could happen amid the ongoing shifts in streaming video—but for now, Hulu is the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything when it comes to this latest reboot.