Max Landis adapting Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency for BBC America

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Jan 8, 2016, 6:36 PM EST

Just a few years removed from a short-lived British adaptation, BBC America has announced a new Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency series, with Max Landis (Chronicle) attached to write the script.

The series will be based on the novel by Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’s Douglas Adams, which the author once described as a “thumping good detective-ghost-horror-who dunnit-time travel-romantic-musical-comedy-epic.” Yeah, that pretty much sums it up. BBC America has ordered eight episodes of the show to get things rolling, and you’d have to think it could be an interesting fit with the network’s other genre hit, Orphan Black (which you should totally be watching).

“Dirk Gently is a very original series, fresh and unlike anything else,” BBC America president Sarah Barnett said in a statement. “The novels have legions of fans, and with Max Landis’ brilliant and audacious take on this material, we are excited to bring Dirk to life for our BBCA super-fans.”

Landis’ acerbic sense of humor should be a good match for the project, and it marks the second TV show deal for the young writer within the past few months. He’s also developing the ambitious horror anthology Channel Zero at Syfy (Corporate owner of Blastr -Ed). As if that wasn’t enough already, he’s also writing the (surprisingly great) DC Comics limited series Superman: American Alien. So, yeah, it's apparently a good time to be Max Landis.

Would you tune in for a Dirk Gently series from Landis at BBC America?


(Via Entertainment Weekly)