Chronicle screenwriter Max Landis has signed on to adapt the IDW Publishing graphic novel Dirk Gently for a new TV series.

The character was created by Douglas Adams (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy), first appearing in the 1987 graphic novel Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, which was followed by 1988's The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul. The stories follow the title character Dirk Gently, who investigates supernatural cases.

Max Landis will write the pilot script, with Circle of Confusion's David Alpert (The Walking Dead) on board to produce. IDW launched their TV division back in October, with Circle of Confusion overseeing creative development. The division also has a first-look deal with Entertainment One, which they are developing V-Wars under.

The project will mark the first TV series created by Max Landis, although his first screen credit came in 2005 from writing an episode of Masters of Horror. The writer also has several big-screen projects coming up, including American Ultra and Victor Frankenstein.

Dirk Gently was previously adapted as a British TV series on BBC Four, which ran from 2010 to 2012.