Jennings, Goldsmith to direct pic
“The Office” star Martin Freeman, Zooey Deschanel and Mos Def top the cast of Spyglass Entertainment/Walt Disney Pictures’ feature version of Douglas Adams’ “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.”
Garth Jennings and Nick Goldsmith (aka Hammer & Tongs) will direct the pic, which starts shooting April 19 in London.
Adams, who penned the adaptation prior to his death in 2001, will have a posthumous producing credit.
Spyglass partners Roger Birnbaum, Gary Barber and Jonathan Glickman will produce with Jay Roach and Goldsmith. Exec producers are Derek Evans, Robbie Stamp and Adams. Buena Vista Motion Pictures Group prexy Nina Jacobson and exec VP of production Jason Reed will oversee the project for the studio.
The story centers on Arthur Dent (Freeman), who is whisked off the planet by Ford Prefect (Def), an undercover alien researching “The Hitchhiker’s Guide” just before Earth is destroyed to create a new hyperspace freeway.
Deschanel will play Trillian, girlfriend of Zaphod Beeblebrox, a two-headed, three-armed ex-hippie and current president of the Galaxy. That role has still to be cast.
The property has been previously adapted as a radio serial and TV series (both for the BBC) as well as a videogame.