BBC America’s forthcoming adaptation of Douglas Adams’ Dirk Gently novels has been snapped up by Netflix, streamedTV reports.
The eight-part series is being written by Max Landis, the mind behind cult classic Chronicle, and stars Samuel Barnett as Gently and Elijah Wood as his assistant Todd.
It’s being co-produced by AMC, owners of BBC America, IDEATE MEDIA and IDW Entertainment, and will air on BBC America this October.
International (non-US) audiences will then be able to see the series on Netflix from December.
“Dirk Gently’s characters are complete originals,” said Sarah Barnett, President and General Manager of BBC America earlier this year.
“Sam Barnett and Elijah Wood – who represent genius talent from both sides of the Atlantic – will brilliantly play these unique roles.”
Dirk Gently is a comedic thriller that follows the bizarre adventures of eccentric “holistic” detective Dirk Gently and his reluctant assistant Todd as they wend their way through one big, seemingly insane mystery a season, crossing unlikely paths with a bevy of wild and sometimes dangerous characters, each episode landing them a few random steps closer to uncovering the truth.
Dirk has strange, psychic abilities that enable him to sense invisible tangential connections.
He’s taken these strange abilities and has invented a new profession for himself: that of “holistic detective,” a term that reflects his belief in the fundamental interconnectedness of all things.
However, his abilities have condemned him to a life very much alone – this master of universal interconnectedness has spent a life ironically without human connection.