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They've not made a film yet, but one is in the pipe-line, there was a Bbc series made (that has been released in the UK edited together on 2 videos) back in 1981. That might have been released as a film but it was six 30 minute episodes.
Disney isn't making the film now below is an excerpt from an email I received:
It's been a very quiet time for announcements, but finally, there's some very good news for fans of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: the Hitchhiker¹s movie finally has a green light. The Directing and Producing team of Hammer and Tongs (aka Garth Jennings and Nick Goldsmith), based in the UK are at the helm and long term supporters Spyglass Entertainment in LA are the Producers. By a strange twist of fate Nick and Garth are based just ten minutes walk from Douglas¹ house in Islington, London, so in some ways Hitchhiker¹s is coming home. Karey Kirkpatrick (Chicken Run, James and the Giant Peach) has written the new screenplay, which was very much based on the final draft that Douglas wrote. Karey has also had access to new material and ideas that are in the archive from Douglas's computers that was created following his death.
Have they really made a film of Hitchhiker's yet?
There is a really, really bad film adaption out there which is probably responsible for putting off millions of latent Hitchhiker fans from reading that brillant book.
This just happened yesterday:
Me: You haven't read the Hitchhiker? Are you kidding me? You're studying computer science dude, you're on your way to become a real geek and you're telling me you've never read the greatest book to ever see the sun?
Him: Well... I saw the movie some years ago. It was so bad I had to switch it off halfway through.
I cannot remember how often I have experienced this exact conversation in my life.
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