I feel like I’m getting some mad deja vu here. I could have sworn that it wasn’t that long ago that we had word on Terry Pratchett’s Discworld getting a TV adaptation. So I did some digging. I realized that it was back in 2018 that we reported on a series called The Watch. As the title indicates, it’s not based on the entire series, but rather a subset of the world itself. So, don’t go confusing that with what I’m about to report here.
Variety is reporting that Pratchett’s production company has inked a deal with Motive Pictures and Endeavor Content. This doesn’t cover just one TV adaptation, but rather a “series of TV adaptations” based on Pratchett’s Discworld series. Sadly, we don’t know which novels will be adapted first, nor what their overall approach will be. However, given the extensive nature of the series, the sky seems to be the limit. Or rather, the novels are to be the limit, as they are looking to ensure adaptations are “absolutely faithful.”
“Discworld teems with unique characters, witty narrative and incredible literary tropes, and we feel these should be realised on screen in a form that my father would be proud of,” Rhianna Pratchett, co-director of Narrativia and Pratchett’s daughter, said. “It’s wonderful to embark on this journey with Motive and Endeavor Content, who both perfectly share our vision to make this a reality.”
“The Discworld books are a huge source of joy to millions of readers, and rightly so; every paragraph, phrase and footnote was crafted with brilliance and flair and we are committed to bringing Terry’s world to the screen with the respect and care it deserves,” Rob Wilkins, managing director of Narrativia, said. “With this partnership, we are delighted to say that Discworld has finally found its home.”
Simon Maxwell, CEO of Motive Pictures, added: “Discworld is a national treasure and we are thrilled to be forging this new partnership with Narrativia and Endeavor Content. Together we will produce shows that will be loved by millions of Discworld fans worldwide, whilst also opening up Sir Terry Pratchett’s epic creations and legacy to new audiences. We launched Motive to make high quality British shows with global scale and impact and I can think of nothing that exemplifies that ambition more than this hugely exciting partnership.”
So, what does this mean for that City Watch-inspired series over at BBC Studios? I honestly have no idea, though my assumption is that there will be no connection. The series filmed in Cape Town starting last October, and I haven’t been able to find word if they finished. It may be one of the countless casualties of the pandemic.
This Discworld deal adds to the countless fantasy franchises Hollywood is capitalizing on. I am interested to see how quickly the studios roll out these new shows.
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