Discworld books to get TV adaptation

Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels are going to be given a faithful TV adaptation by Pratchett’s production company Narrativia. According to a report by The Guardian, the company is committed to create “truly authentic … prestige adaptations that remain absolutely faithful to [Pratchett’s] original, unique genius.”

There are no details yet on which of the novels will be adapted though the projects aims to create several different series. Forty-one Discworld novels have been published and many of them follow a specific storyline such as the adventures of Rincewind, Death, The Watch, Witches, Wizards, Tiffany Aching, and Moist von Lipwig.

Several Discworld novels have already been adapted for the screen. Sky made live-action versions of Hogfather, The Colour of Magic, and Going Postal while Soul Music and Wyrd Sisters were animated. And Terry Pratchett’s novel with Neil Gaiman, Good Omens, just celebrated its 30th anniversary last May 1st, a year after the television adaptation was released, starring Michael Sheen and David Tennant.

Most recently, BBC is working on a series based on The Watch novels. But fans are skeptical of this venture after the first look photos were revealed from the series which showed a more “cyberpunk”, “post-apocalyptic sci-fi” vibe which isn’t exactly in keeping with the aesthetic and tone of Discworld. 

The current project is set to be more faithful to the fantasy novels. Narrativia will be joining forces with Motive Pictures and Endeavour Content for the adaptations. In a statement, the team discussed the project:

“The spirit of this new alliance has been forged from a shared love of the source material and a commitment to create an epic series, which will kick off with some of the most iconic titles in Sir Terry’s fiercely incisive and satirical universe.”

DiscworldPratchett’s daughter Rhianna, also co-director of Narrativia, shared her excitement about the adaptation, saying:

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.”

Rob Wilkins, Narrativia’s managing director, added:

“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.”

Finally, Motive Pictures chief executive Simon Maxwell referred to Discworld as a national treasure, saying:

“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.”

Watch this space for more updates on the Discworld adaptation.