Gen­tly Does It

Dou­glas Adams’ Holis­tic De­tec­tive comes to comics

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With his first novel ap­pear­ing in 1987, Dirk Gen­tly has never been as popular as Dou­glas Adams’ other well­known cre­ation, The Hitch­hiker’s Guide To The Galaxy. But that could be about to change as IDW En­ter­tain­ment and Ideate are de­vel­op­ing a new US tele­vi­sion adap­ta­tion star­ring the holis­tic de­tec­tive – who solves cases by fig­ur­ing out the in­ter­con­nect­ed­ness of all things – with Chron­i­cle’s Max Lan­dis act­ing as showrun­ner. But be­fore then, IDW Edi­tor- in- Chief Chris Ryall is pen­ning a new five- part comics se­ries, which will play into the pro­posed small- screen ver­sion.

“It wouldn’t be Dirk with­out a con­nec­tion, even if no one but Dirk can ac­tu­ally see that con­nec­tion,” Ryall tells Red Alert. “The plan for the TV show is to set it in San Diego, so the comic does the same. It’s a lot of fun to set the comic here and not only be­cause it’s about as fish- out- ofwa­ter a place for Dirk as I can imag­ine him be­ing. And there might even be a Dirk at Comic- Con spe­cial is­sue at some point.”

With his long over­coat and be­quiffed hair­style, it has been men­tioned that artist Tony Akins’ de­pic­tion of Dirk bears a re­sem­blance to David Ten­nant’s in­car­na­tion of the Doc­tor, which IDW pub­lished be­fore cur­rent Who comics li­cence hold­ers Ti­tan took over. “I’m sure at some point, time travel will rear its head once again,” teases Ryall. “You can also ex­pect a very an­gry and jeal­ous god and a familiar face from one of the books in a very dif­fer­ent role.”

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