Fantasy lovers — mark your calendars! Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series is coming to a TV near you! According to a report from Deadline, BBC Studios plans to adapt the fantasy books into a six-part TV show with a working title of The Watch. Simon Allen will write the series, and Pratchett’s production company, Narrativia, which is run by Pratchett’s daughter, is on board.
First published in 1983 with The Color of Magic, Pratchett’s Discworld series is one of the most iconic fantasy collections of all time. Known for its biting cultural satire and political commentary, Discworld frequently parodied famous works from authors like J.R.R. Tolkien, H. P. Lovecraft, and William Shakespeare. The series has more than 40 novels, plus several short stories, science books, and “Mapps.” More than 80 million copies have been sold across the world, but due to its elaborate setting — Discworld is situated on the backs of four elephants standing on Great A’Tuin, a giant turtle — the series has been difficult to adapt.
The BBC Studios Discworld TV series isn’t the only Pratchett adaptation in the works, however. Good Omens, a 1990 novel Pratchett penned with Neil Gaiman, also being made into a TV show starring Michael Sheen as Aziraphale, David Tennant as Crowley, Adria Arjona as Anathema, and Jon Hamm as the Angel Gabriel. Good Omens is expected to premiere on the BBC and stream on Amazon in 2019.
So for you, for me, for all of us. FOR PEOPLE NOT YET BORN. This is what Jon Hamm looks like as the Angel Gabriel in the upcoming TV series of GOOD OMENS. A thing of beauty, and a joy for ever. pic.twitter.com/OK84PDZXLs
— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) November 30, 2017
Pratchett passed away in March 2015 at age 66 due to early-onset Alzheimer’s. Despite his diagnosis, he continued to write with the aid of co-writers up until his death. The Shepherd’s Crown was his final novel, published posthumously in August 2015.
No word yet on who will star in Discworld or when it will premiere. Stay tuned!
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