Kirkpatrick picking up ‘Hitchhikers’ gig

Author Adams to receive posthumous producer credit

Screenwriter Karey Kirkpatrick has come onboard to co-adapt the screenplay of Douglas Adams’ “The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.”

Adams originally penned feature adaptation prior to his death last May and will have a posthumous producing credit on the pic.

Jay Roach, the ICM-repped helmer of the “Austin Powers” franchise, is attached to direct and will produce with Spyglass Entertainment partners Roger Birnbaum and Gary Barber.

Adams, Robbie Stamp and Spyglass Entertainment president of production Jonathan Glickman will executive produce and Derek Evans, senior VP, will co-produce and will oversee the project for the company.

Was novel, TV series

“Hitchhikers,” which has previously been adapted into a novel, radio series, TV series and videogame, centers on Arthur Dent, who after discovering the Earth is meant to be flattened by a hyperspace freeway bypass, is whisked away by an undercover alien who is researching the “Hitchhikers Guide.”

Kirkpatrick, who is repped by WMA, previously wrote “Chicken Run,” “The Road to El Dorado,” “James and the Giant Peach” and “Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves.”

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