Dirk Gently lives! BBC America is developing a new adaptation of Douglas Adams’ beloved comic and novel, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency — just a few years after a previous adapation was canceled.
This version of Dirk Gently will be an anthology series “set in the unexpected world of the hyper, absurd, ridiculous Dirk Gently. With an utterly fresh, comically self-aware tone, this series is equally sincere in its danger, humor, violence and drama.”
Bonus: Dirk Gently is being written by Max Landis, the writer of the 2012 film Chronicle. Previously, the BBC aired four episodes of a Dirk Gently series and axed the show in 2012.
The development was just a fraction of the announcements being made by BBC America on Friday at the Television Critics Association’s press tour in Beverly Hills. Here’s the rest of the slate:
— Undercover (series order): A six-part limited series from Peter Moffat (Silk) about Maya (Sophie Okonedo), who is about to become the first black woman to hold the highest-ranking public prosecutor role in England. “I’m relishing the prospect of returning to the contemporary British political landscape to look at where we stand and how we got here,” Moffat said. “Undercover is a thriller about identity, trust and the struggle to lead a morally principled personal and professional life, while working up close with the police, press, politicians and criminals who have so corrupted and damaged public life over the last 20 years.”
— Thirteen (series order): A five-part mystery thriller from newcomer Marnie Dickens which follows Ivy Moxham (Jodie Comer) “on the day she escapes from the cellar that has been her prison for the last 13 years. It’s the day she’ll return to her home, to her family, to her life. It’s the day that is only the beginning.”
— Untitled (development): An untitled project from filmmaker Sebastian Silva. “Using unconventional storytelling – including real people – Silva explores humorous, absurd and uncomfortably raw stories of 21st century dating in our impulsive era of swiping and liking.”
— Moths (development): “Follows a young American woman whose reckless quest for thrill and adventure takes her to the epicenter of Tokyo’s Shibuya sub-culture scene. After an unthinkable crime occurs, she finds herself face-to-face with an unfamiliar, ancient and intractable world.”
— The Greater Good (development): From filmmaker Dana Shapiro (Murderball), the fictionalized story of Cora Jones, “lone survivor of the Jonestown massacre where 918 of her fellow cult members died. She was saved, she believes, to rid the world of false prophets but, as her own fame as an atheist preacher grows, she begins to morph into the very thing she’s been railing against.”
— Untitled (development): Comic-noir thriller from Anders August set in a 1950s resort “follows the social climbing of a disarming young woman who turns out to be a dangerous sociopath.”
— Untitled (development): From Anna Winger, “a family drama, an amped up adventure, and a celebration of the city of Berlin today, this journey is a darkly humorous exploration of colliding worlds, the unifying bonds of loss, and the dangerous pursuit of answers in a utopian city.”