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Douglas Adams’ Dirk Gently Getting TV Adaptation By Chronicle Screenwriter

DirkDouglas Adams will always be best remembered for his hilarious and beloved Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series, and justifiably so. But they weren’t the only legacy he left us. If you were like me growing up, you tore through all the Hitchhiker’s Books, then looked around and thought, “I need more!” That “more,” in my case, was Adams’ Dirk Gently books, beginning with 1987’s Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency and continuing in 1988’s The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul. Well, if I had a time-traveling phone booth I’d zip back and high-five my ten-year-old self, because Dirk Gently is being adapted for television and becoming a new comic-book series.

The Dirk Gently books follow the titular character, a private detective with, as the press release puts it, “a belief in the fundamental interconnectedness of all things, a unique relationship with the laws of probability and physics, and a love of cats and pizza.” The series is being developed for television by IDW Entertainment and Ideate Media, who are looking for a network willing to make a direct-to-series commitment for the project. Chronicle screenwriter Max Landis is writing the pilot and serving as executive producer for the series.

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Max Landis’ Ghostbusters 3 Pitch Would Have Told An Unexpected Origin Story

LandisAt this point, who knows whether Ghostbusters 3 will ever actually happen. It’s been on and off again more times than an obsessive compulsive’s lucky lightswitch, with damn near every comedic director and actor in Hollywood rumored to be attached at one point or another. Hell, entire crops of new stars have come and gone, and still we’ve got no Ghostbusters 3. One of the names mentioned in connection to the elusive Ghostbusters sequel recently was that of Max Landis, son of director John Landis and screenwriter of the found-footage flick Chronicle. Landis himself swiftly shot down those rumors via Twitter, but in the process tossed out some ideas for Ghostbusters 3 anyway.

The story broke Tuesday night in a since-deleted story from Nikki Finke, who claimed Landis was going to do a quick polish on the current Ghostbusters 3 draft. That’s certainly within the realm of possibility; while Landis’ actual list of produced credits is pretty short, he has numerous script sales and projects in various degrees of development, and I can certainly see him getting called in for a bit of script doctoring on GB3. In fact, he even hinted that he has been working on polishing several big-name projects that hadn’t gone public, but apparently Ghostbusters isn’t one of them. He did, however, provide his theoretical Ghostbusters 3 opening, which posits the origins of a fan-favorite character…

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Chronicle Screenwriter May Have Already Written The Power Rangers Reboot

chronicleIf you’re trying to make a movie about teens who discover they have powers all of a sudden, there’s no steadfast rule that you should hire a screenwriter with experience in the matter. But it also couldn’t hurt, and the upcoming feature reboot of Haim Saban’s Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers is going to need all the non-hurt it can get. But what if that screenwriter happens to be Max Landis, who penned the surprise 2012 hit found-footage thriller Chronicle?

That’s the unconfirmed rumor being tossed around by the entertainment site SchmoesKnow, whose source not only says that Landis is behind the script, but that he’s already written the first draft and turned it into producers Saban, Jim Miller, and Alison Shearmur. That would be pretty extraordinary, considering the film was only officially revealed last week. Sure, it would technically be wasting one’s time to take longer than two weeks on a Power Rangers script, but it’s absolutely possible that the producers got with Landis on the down low ahead of time, and forced him at gunpoint to pen this thing.

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Innerspace Gets Trailers From Hell Treatment From Max Landis

I’m not going to lie to you guys. It has been many a year since I sat through the 1987 sci-fi adventure/comedy Innerspace, and while I didn’t think the movie was amazing or anything when I saw it as a kid, it made me laugh and gave me a lot to consider as far as science went. I probably had some terrible dreams accompanying the viewing. And anyway, that was years before I realized the entire idea was seemingly ripped off of Richard Fleischer’s superior 1966 film Fantastic Voyage. But I still haven’t forgotten about the movie, and I can only assume it isn’t because a tiny Dennis Quaid is inside me, fighting to keep the memory alive.

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