Monday, May 02, 2005

Got sequel? (And other news of interest...)

First, there's a great article entitled "Hitchhiker success might spell sequels", in which executive producer Robbie Stamp is quoted as saying, "If the fans say, 'Please give us Restaurant,' then who are we to say no?" This is VERY good news for fans!

As for the other Hitchhiker-related news:

Zooey snubs "Babe" tag, as she says that she wants to get roles based on her skill, not because she has the "greatest ass ever". Sorry, Zooey... We'll try and be more politically correct in the future, but for what it's worth, it is pretty nice. ;) has a review of the movie, with a [6/10] rating.

CNN comments on the movie's long journey to the big screen. has a review of the movie, with a [2.5/4] rating. (You'll need to scroll down past the XXX2 review, which barely got a [1.5/4] rating, by the way...) has a positive review of the movie for the readers in India. (It's in English.) has an article on the movie's success, though it may be a bit outdated, as the article mentions that Box Office numbers are not yet in (which they are, of course...)

Mike Rose reviews the movie.

'Hitchhiker's Guide' gets great start... now what?

Now that Opening weekend is over, and the media frenzy is over, what now?

Obviously, Disney will be paying very close attention to the continued success of the movie to see whether or not a sequel(s) would be profitable. They're looking to see if the movie has staying power, or as it is called in Box Office lingo - "legs". While the mice may have been looking for the ultimate Answer, Disney is looking to their own answers, namely: Is the early success of The Hitchihker's Guide To The Galaxy the result of the geek/fan community all watching it six times during opening weekend, or is it actually going over well with the general public? Is it simply due to the fact that nobody wanted to see XXX2?

We, as fans, will continue to introduce our friends to The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy via the movie, the TV show (now available to rent at my local Blockbuster... it's about time!), the radio show, and of course the books, which will, of course, result in increased sales of these products, and although Disney may not own the rights to the non-movie variations of the story, they will surely be watching to see how well they sell, because it has a direct effect on their decision about whether or not to make sequels... "Is the general public really getting into this whole Hitchhiker's thing?"

Will there be a sequel? Time will tell, but we as fans can help sway their decision by simply taking two friends to the movie, buying the DVD when it gets released (the rumor is that it will be released as early as September 2005, believe it or not), and things like that. Most importantly, of course, are the actual ticket sales. Take a friend. Wear a bathrobe. Do whatever it takes to increase the overall visibility of the movie. This is the best way we can convince Disney to make a sequel, because let's face it... they're a major corporation and when it comes right down to it, they're far less concerned with what the critics, the imdb trolls, or even the fans think than with how much money they make from ticket sales. After all, they don't make movies to be our friend. They make movies to make money.

That said, we're off to a good start. The early Box Office numbers are incredible, considering the fact that the summer hasn't even begun yet, despite Hollywood's insistence to the contrary. Had The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy produced these Box Office numbers as a July 1 release, I'd be concerned, but for the last week of April, they're wonderful.

Essay by : Jake Russell, Webmaster -

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Zaphod steals a website...!?

Unwilling to give up the limelight for even a moment, part-time Galactic President (and worst-dressed sentient being in the universe) Zaphod Beeblebrox has stolen Nick Botti's website, presumably so that he has somewhere to post his adventures whilst cruising around the galaxy in the stolen vessel, the Heart of Gold.

What can I say? I'm a sucker for publicity stunts. ;)

Interview with Douglas' sister

Jane Thrift, Douglas Adams' sister, has been interviewed by BBC at the film's Dorset premiere at The Plaza Cinema in Dorchester. This has actually been out for a couple of days... I forgot to post it. (Belgium!)