All you Cumberbatch-hangers flipping out over the headline will have to bear with me. I want to talk a little about Dirk Maggs first. He is, after all, the man who had the great idea to even connect Benedict Cumberbatch and Neverwhere in the first place.
Maggs made his name working in radio drama, coining the phrase “audio movies” for his elaborate, sonically rich adaptations of Douglas Adams‘ third, fourth and fifth Hitchhiker’s Guide books. He’s also adapted Batman, Superman, Judge Dredd and even An American Werewolf in London into radio serials and, most recently, he reimagined Neil Gaiman‘s Neverwhere. It was a fine production with a remarkable cast… but I’ll come back to that in a moment.
While Maggs has worked across many media, including the stage, TV and video games, his focus as always been on the soundtrack, always on what we’re listening to, not what we’re looking at. For a new project, though, he’ll have to share what he can see with his mind’s eye and not just what he hears with his mind’s ear.
Maggs has told Den of Geek about his plans to stretch out:
The other thing I’m doing are some filmed webisodes, which are a sci-fi space thing that we’re doing with Dave Gibbons, Andy Secombe [the voice of Watto from Star Wars] and Simon Moorhead [the producer of MirrorMask]. And that’s called Torus. We hope to shoot a ten-minute taster for that in the new year. I’m excited to try working in a new medium, trying something I’ve never seen before. And you know, maybe it’ll be crap, but hopefully it won’t be!
One really can’t say fairer than that.
As I was saying, and have said before, Maggs’ Neverwhere had a remarkable cast. James McAvoystarred as Richard Mayhew, David Harewood was The Marquis, and – to much Tumblr fuss – Benedict Cumberbatch was The Angel Islington, all of whom would be as much of a credit to a feature film version.