Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

'Galaxy' Finally Finds Its Way to Film

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

'Galaxy' Finally Finds Its Way to Film

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Byline: TOM SZAROLETA

It's been a radio program, five books, a British television series, a hit record, a stage show, a musical and a computer game. But The Hitch hiker's Guide to the Galaxy has never been a movie.

Until this week, that is.

The story, by the late Douglas Adams, is rather convoluted and silly but has become a cult classic. Just drop the name "Zaphod Beeblebrox" on a crowded bus sometime; people will either stare at you as if you had two heads or slap you on the back and start quoting Vogon poetry.

It got its start in 1971 in a field in Innsbruck, Austria, where Adams lay drunk while on a hitchhiking trip across Europe, staring at the stars and thinking that if anyone ever wrote The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, he'd be on his way in a flash.

Years later, Adams was writing a radio program for BBC and needed a title; The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy was perfect. The show became an underground hit, but Adams didn't realize how popular it was until he wrote up the series as a book, which went to the top of the best-seller list. …

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