February 16th, 2005
|07:02 am - From the Great Start to My Day Department:|
The trailer (not the teaser) for The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
, via Amazon.com. Amazon no longer hosts the trailer (or at least, not at the same URL), so the link now goes to the trailers at the official movie site.
Thanks to thebitingfaery for pointing it out. Looks like they've taken a fair amount of creative license, but I'm still excited. Anybody got plans for the small hours of May 6th?*
* Or April 29th, depending on where you're getting your news. Anybody know the actual United States release date?
|Date:||February 16th, 2005 02:14 pm (UTC)|| |
Re: May 6th?
Really? IMDB has it listed as coming out on April 29th in the UK, and May 6th in the US. That might have changed though. Either way, this is one movie for which I probably will stand in line for the first showing, no matter which day it opens.
...has it listed as coming out on April 29th in the UK...
have been told June 3rd......for general release in the UK ...ratz...I have booked my flight home then to see it!!!!
Looks like they've taken a fair amount of creative license,
hey what the hell, Don't Panic.... it will never be as good as the book...or the original BBC2 TV series..
|Date:||February 16th, 2005 03:14 pm (UTC)|| |
Well, that's the thing. HHG has appeared as a radio series, books, comics, a BBC series, a computer game... Each one of those is substantially different from the others and (excluding the comics) each was written by Douglas Adams who wrote the first draft of the screenplay used in this movie. Now that I've seen the trailer and read a little about it, I can't imagine this movie sucking so much that it'll be a waste of my money.
|Date:||February 16th, 2005 04:46 pm (UTC)|| |
Gibbering insanely I am, for even if Ford is black, even if Zaphod only has one head, I'll still go see it.
Is there a version of this trailer that's larger than my thumb? It's going to be tough on my eyes to watch it over and over at that size.
|Date:||February 16th, 2005 05:16 pm (UTC)|| |
Re: What th...?
If I find a bigger copy of the trailer I'll let you know. As far as Zaphod's other head, apparently it's under his first head (you can see it revealed just after Arthur asks "What are we going to do?"). I read this morning that the second head will emerge occasionally, and that this was a compromise to ease the burden on the special effects budget. Having let this sink in for a couple of hours, I think it might be a really good idea. You tend to forget that Zaphod has a second head in the books and radio series, but in the BBC miniseries it seemed like most of Head #2's lines were written solely to justify the expense of the animatronic head.
As for a black Ford Prefect, hey, it worked in Blazing Saddles!
No, Mos Def has a few rap albums under his belt, and I was worried at first that they would rewrite the character to attract a wider audience. Between the trailer and a minimal amount of research I can tell you that they have most definitely not turned Ford into a rapper, so I'm optimistic.
|Date:||February 16th, 2005 06:34 pm (UTC)|| |
No really, I *do* want to see it.
I thought I saw a second head very briefly during the trailer but as it wasn't visible in the other scenes that showed Zaphod more clearly I attributed it to my own error. As to Ford, it bothers me because it seems motion picture companies do it either to have a token black character or because they cared more about having a big name actor than one perfect for the character. (see: Billy Dee Williams in Batman & Morgan Freeman in Shawshank Redemption.) But if he does a good job then I'll have no problems.
Despite all that, I'm really looking forward to this movie. No, seriously. I'd love to see it with you whenever it's released. Until then, I think I'll begin rereading the series. It's been a whie.
|Date:||February 16th, 2005 08:20 pm (UTC)|| |
Re: No really, I *do* want to see it.
Oh, I know you're excited, and I know you're willing to give Mos Def a chance, but I just keep hearing people saying "a black Ford Prefect?!" in disbelief. I think -- I certainly hope -- that he wanted to play the role, and that he was well aware of the possibility of sequels. Every once in awhile you get a situation where the studio wants an actor with certain qualities, and somebody's manager thinks that auditioning for the part would be good for their client's career. I don't think that's the case here.
That said, rereading the books would be a great idea. Think I'll get started on that tonight.
Okay, I really need someone to find me the other books on audio now. I have Mostly Harmless as MP3, but I think I may have forgotten big chunks of the 1st book and should remind myself.
I'm excited for this film too, whenever it comes out. :)
|Date:||February 19th, 2005 08:17 pm (UTC)|| |
good news, everyone
Looks like a larger trailer
is up at the official website if you haven't found it already.