It’s already been a perfectly-formed British TV series made back in the 1980s, but a bunch of Americans obviously think that they can do Douglas Adams’s majestic The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy better.

OK, so effects tech is significantly better nowadays, but it didn’t exactly work for the 2005 movie version that well, did it?

Anyway, according to Deadline the Americans in question are producer Carlton Cuse (Lost, Bates Motel, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan) and writer Jason Fuchs (Wonder Woman, Pan, Ice Age: Continental Drift). The are both self-professed fans of the books, so hopefully they’ll play nice with them.

For the uninitiated, the radio-show-turned-books-turned-TV-show-turned-game-turned-movie tells of Earthman Arthur Dent, and the sudden space adventuring turn that his life – and his dressing gown – takes when he’s rescued in the nick of time from Earth’s demolition by a friend of his, who’s actually an alien.

Beyond the news above, there’s absolutely nothing resembling a date whatsoever as yet. Apathetic bloody Hollywood types, we’ve no sympathy!

Anyway, here’s a chunk of the original TV series to make your day a little more fun to be in:

Grab the hoopy original TV series neatly remastered with more bonus bits than you could stuff Babel fish in at JB Hi-Fi.