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Old May 23, 2005, 05:57 AM   #1
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Martin Freeman, who plays Arthur Dent in the upcoming film verson of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, told SCI FI Wire that he's open to a sequel if one is made, with conditions. In the movie based on Douglas Adams' beloved SF book and radio series, Freeman plays Dent, a human whisked off Earth moments before its destruction, who then embarks on a bizarre adventure through space. He is accompanied by his alien best pal (Mos Def), a depressed robot (Warwick Davis), the president of the galaxy (Sam Rockwell) and a pretty alien female, Trillian (Zooey Deschanel).

"I'd be interested if the same team was interested," Freeman said in an interview, referring to director Garth Jennings and producer Nick Goldsmith. "I'd be interested if Spielberg or someone else I could really trust was going to do it. Then we could talk."

Freeman added: "But if Garth and Nick were going to do it I'd be immediately interested. The next book [in the Hitchhiker's book series] is Restaurant at the End of the Universe. So I'm presuming that they'd probably make that if they do a sequel. But it took 20 years to get a Hitchhiker's script into a film. So I don't think you could just rush into another one of these." The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy opens April 29.
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Old May 23, 2005, 06:09 AM   #2
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Ah, but it took so long because of locating funds and a production team and then Douglas Adams died and all Now those problems are probably sorted - after all, the first film went straight to the top of UK and US box offices, doesn't that usually warrant an automatic sequel whether the story wants one or not?

I wouldn't trust Spielberg with it, though - War of the Worlds in modern day America? My geekness is appalled
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Old May 23, 2005, 07:28 AM   #3
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Yours and everyone elses.

A RATEOTU film would be great fun - and script writing wouldn't take that long, for the reasons stated above.
I think it will depend on how well the film does in the US longer term, though, rather than initial week stuff.
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Old May 23, 2005, 07:56 AM   #4
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Yeah, they'll probably want to take DVD sales and rental into account, and possibly even sales of the Tie-in editon of the book (which has the film poster on the cover, of course).
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Old May 23, 2005, 11:44 AM   #5
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I wouldn't trust Spielberg with it, though - War of the Worlds in modern day America? My geekness is appalled

But isn't it supposed to be contemporary? It won't make much sense if they set it in the same decade as the book's. I still say it should be set in England though.

Now, RatEotU - can't wait to see the sets for Milliway's.
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That should be intresting. Hopefully it will be morelike the radio, tv, or book. Should be intresting if they do it though.
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Old Jun 3, 2005, 10:49 AM   #7
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NNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

dont do a sequel.........

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You know they will
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Old Jun 3, 2005, 03:52 PM   #9
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I know.

The problem could be that I watched it on a pirate copy. I never got into rthe tv series they did years ago mainly because I missed episodes along the way.

My partner loves the books and was really looking forward to watching it and even she said she was dissapointed.

Loved the cameo with the original Marvin in the queue.

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