This article is from the Douglas Adams FAQ, by Nathan Hughes firstname.lastname@example.org with numerous contributions by others.
Here's the latest and most true sounding story so far:
DNA bought back the rights to the movie, which he had sold in
the early eighties (to his regret), after the people that had bought the
rights never got around to actually producing any film. DNA said they
now had the backing to make the movie, which would ironically be far better
now in the 90s because of the advancements in computer graphics. Latest word
is that Michael Nesmith's movie company Pacific Arts is handling the
It's also rumored that a movie script was completed, which has several
different aspects to other versions of THHGTTG. The latest I've heard from
Michael Nesmith, however, is that (and I quote):
"We are on hiatus right now until DNA finishes a new Dirk Gently.
The HHGG script needs a re write so we are waiting for that."
Leif Rustvold (email@example.com) has posted a list that Douglas
apparantly gave him at a book signing when asked who he would like to
play the different roles. Here it is:
Arthur: Simon Jones
Ford: Jeff Goldblum
Slartibartfast: Sean Connery
Zaphod: Michael Keaton
Marvin: Stephen Moore
Trillian: Amanda Donahoe