New 'Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy' TV series in the pipeline

Ben Arnold
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David Dixon and Simon Jones in The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy (Credit: BBC)

Grab your towel... US network Hulu is planning a remake series of Douglas Adams' revered sci-fi comedy The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy.

Deadline reports that Carlton Cuse, the co-creator of Lost, and Jason Fuchs, writer of Pan and Wonder Woman, will be behind the new show, said to be a 'modern updating of the story'.

Adams' work has already appeared as a TV show, debuting in 1981 on BBC Two, following on from the original radio series which aired in the late 70s.

It found Simon Jones playing Arthur Dent, the unlikely hero who is whisked away from Earth moments before it's destroyed to make way for a hyperspace bypass.

He navigates the galaxy in his dressing gown with his friend and rescuer Ford Prefect, played by David Dixon in the TV series (Jones played Dent in both the radio and TV versions).

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Much loved by fans of the radio series, it also starred Mark Wing-Davey as Zaphod Beeblebrox, Sandra Dickinson as astrophysicist Trillian and Stephen Moore as the voice of Marvin, the 'paranoid android'.

Mos Def, Martin Freeman and Sam Rockwell in the 2005 movie (Credit: Buena Vista)

Spawning video games, comic books and other novels, it was made into a feature film in 2005, starring Martin Freeman as Dent, Mos Def as Prefect, Zooey Deschanel as Trillian and Sam Rockwell as Zaphod, Warwick Davis as Marvin and with Stephen Fry voicing 'the Guide' itself.

Considering its revered status, the movie was relatively well-received, though how a US-made TV series might fare remains to be seen.