Gusty wrote ...
> Thanks for the comments, it's nice to get some more of the "view fromGlad to be of service. It's really nice finally to be allowed to talk about
> inside" coming out.
the movie - though I should point out that my "view from the inside" mostly
consisted of the occasional visit to Elstree to go "ooh!" and "ahh!" and
"wow!" a lot, and standing chatting about industrial control systems in a
large room full of glue just long enough to miss the day's filming that we'd
especially come to see.
To be honest though, I felt somewhat of a fraud the first time we visited
A real film, with storyboards, and props, and concept art, and endless lists
Actually, that's not strictly true.
First they offered us cups of tea and biscuits and listened politely to me
It seemed like we were getting an awful lot more out of the arrangement than
And then the filming stopped, and everything went quiet, and we were really
> many long time fans have feared the movies would becomeWell, believe me, I felt exactly the same - and then some. Everything we'd
> a Holywood-ized caricature of the radio series/book/whatever.
seen on set was so amazing that I was dreading hearing about it floundering
in front of non-fan focus groups and being "revised".
But the closest I thought the movie came to Hollywood was the typeface of
It's not a caricature, but neither is it a remake. It's Hitchhiker's as a
> if the gospel has been f***ed with, it appears that Douglas did itGood grief, no! Douglas reworked the story because that's what he loved
> himself to make the movie more palatable to Holywood.
doing! He was exactly the same on Starship Titanic - you wouldn't *believe*
how many iterations that went through. As soon as Douglas came up with a fab
new idea, he'd bound into the programmers' office, ask us what we thought,
was it possible, could we expect players to use two mice to solve a puzzle,
and how soon could we put it in? It was the best and worst thing about
working at TDV - brilliant because you'd get an endless stream of original
Douglas Adams ideas, and horrible because we didn't have the time to use
even a tenth of them.
> That doesn't make it good any more than that any new Douglas materialWell, it depends what you want, really. I can't imagine anyone's daft enough
> is automatically good.
to expect a word-perfect retelling of the books or TV or radio series -
surely that's what books and DVDs and iPods are for? (Unless I missed the
memo about all the original versions being rounded up and ritually burned
If you want a damn fine Hitchhiker's movie, something that you as a fan (and
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