The beloved series of Douglas Adams novels known as the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy once got a feature film adaptation all the way back in 2005. After nearly 15 years, it looks the novels are due for another adaptation, though, this time, as a potential TV series via Hulu (which may be what’s best as opposed to trying to cram as much of the books into a feature length film).
This project is still in its early stages and we don’t know exactly what it’ll look like or even they’ll be tapping for their cast. However, it does seem like a good time for a comedy about having to leave earth.
We all saw what Taika Waititi got to do in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Thor: Ragnarok. Not only did he manage to please the overlords and fanboys of the MCU, but make what will probably remembered as one of the funniest superhero movies in recent memory.
To imagine what Taika might do in the endless, infinite sandbox of Terry Gilliam’s Time Bandits is just a wonderful dream and we really can’t imagine a better person for the gig. Apple’s development slate with an increasing number of projects as intriguing as this one, just keeps getting better and better.
Respectively, IFC’s new additions to their development slate include a semi-autobiographical series about being a mixed race asian millennial from Katie Malia and Margaret Cho, a priest writing erotica under a pen name from FoD, an art heist comedy, an comedy about agoraphobia from Timm Sharp and Jonathan Ames, and a socio-political long form sketch comedy show focusing on the racial divide in the United States.
This all sounds very, very intriguing, especially as IFC is figuring out what to do with the face of their comedy brand once Portlandia ends. So, we hope we’ll get to see how any of this will look, sound, or feel in the not so distant future and get an idea of what IFC’s comedy will be like going onwards into the next decade.
So much of the fun that’s had by The Sklar Brothers, Daniel Van Kirk, and their guests might be brought further to life if this goes to series at YouTube.
If there does end up being a Dumb People Town animated series, we can’t wait to see how the riffs and runs as well as Dumb People Town’s most popular game Guess the Agee will play out in animated form.
We’ve dug Sabrina Jalees ever since she set foot in LA and started hitting the ground running on stand-up stages all around town. Her coming up with a series with Diablo Cody sounds intriguing, especially as it’s being made as a multi cam that deals with a family reconnecting with their lesbian daughter and her fiancé.
Though Jalees hasn’t nabbed the role of the daughter just yet, she is so fun to watch that we have a hard time imagining not being on screen for this project. We’ll just have to wait and see.
Also, it’s worth nothing that, If picked up, this will certainly be a fascinating addition to Fox’s comedy line-up, which currently includes Last Man Standing.
Actionland, written by Matt Hubbard, will be a workplace comedy set at below average amusement park in Arizona. There’s a lot of potential to be had there, especially since the staff of amusement parks have proven to be a solid catalyst for comedy.
If these two projects go to series, Schur could be in rare company by having more than a few sitcoms on network TV at the same time.