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You Want A Little More Info About Terry Pratchett’s Discworld TV Show, The Watch?

First of all, the budget for The Watch will be double of what has previously been reported. With thirteen sixty-minute episodes in the fantasy police procedural series and an overall budget of around £26 million (as opposed to the £13-15 million previously reported), the actual budget will be around £2 million ($3.3 million) per episode. Think of all the sausages inna bun they can buy with that.

Secondly, whilst the four-part miniseries of Good Omens will be penned by Terry Jones and Gavin Scott, the writer for The Watch is Guy Burt, who has previously written for the brilliantly tense crime series Wire in the Blood, historical drama The Borgias, and Stephen Fry comedy series Kingdom. A nice recipe of relevant experience in there to help bring Sam Vimes and the Ankh-Morpork City Watch to life.

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Wee Free Men announcement

THE JIM HENSON COMPANY PARTNERS WITH NARRATIVIA TO DEVELOP “WEE FREE MEN” AS FEATURE FILM

Award winning screenwriter Rhianna Pratchett, daughter of Sir Terry Pratchett, will pen the adaptation


HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (July 19, 2016) – The Jim Henson Company announced today the development of a feature film based on the great literary legacy of the late Sir Terry Pratchett’s “THE WEE FREE MEN,” part of the wildly popular Discworld series.

The long-awaited film adaption will be written by his daughter Rhianna Pratchett, an award-winning scriptwriter for videogames, comics, film and TV. Her work includes the 2013 smash hit reboot of Tomb Raider, the BAFTA nominated Heavenly Sword and the Writers’ Guild winning Overload andRise of the Tomb Raider. Pratchett, co-director of independent production company Narrativia, has regularly been named one of the top 100 most influential women in the games industry and won the Women in Games Hall of Fame award in 2013.

“THE WEE FREE MEN,” is the first in a series of Discworld novels starring the young witch Tiffany Aching. A nightmarish danger threatens from the other side of reality. Armed with only a frying pan and her common sense, the young witch-to-be must defend her home against the monsters of Fairyland. Luckily she has some very unusual help: the local Nac Mac Feegles—aka the Wee Free Men—a clan of fierce, sheep-stealing, sword-wielding, six-inch-high blue men. Together they must face headless horsemen, ferocious grimhounds, terrifying dreams come true, and ultimately the most powerful force of all - the Queen.

Brian Henson of The Jim Henson Company will serve as producer. Rhianna Pratchett, Rob Wilkins and Rod Brown of Narrativia and Vince Raisa of The Jim Henson Company, will serve as executive producers. WEE FREE MEN is a co-production with Narrativia.

“I’ve loved the Jim Henson Company’s work all my life, so it’s a great honor to team up with them and bring Wee Free Men to the big screen.” said writer Rhianna Pratchett.

“As a family owned company, we fully understand the importance of legacy properties,” said Brian Henson, Chairman of The Jim Henson Company. “The Discworld series is a richly developed world with devoted fans, myself included, and there is no one better than Rhianna to bring Terry’s beloved project to life on the big screen.”

Sir Terry Pratchett launches production company

1st October 2012, London International bestselling author Sir Terry Pratchett today launched NARRATIVIA, a new multimedia production company with exclusive worldwide rights to all of the writer’s work across Film, Television, Merchandising and Digital Media.

NARRATIVIA will bring the management and development of the Pratchett brand under one roof and the executive team, headed by Managing Director Rod Brown, will be based in Soho London. Brown will work closely with the author, and NARRATIVIA directors, Pratchett’s business manager Rob Wilkins and author’s daughter and fellow writer, Rhianna Pratchett, on a day to day basis, to drive the company forward.    

NARRATIVIA is already working on a number of Pratchett related Television and Film projects with high profile production partners and script writers, details of which will be announced in due course.

NARRATIVIA will ensure that projects stay true to the author’s intelligent and empathetic vision, while diversifying into the formats that will introduce the work, both old and new, to new territories and audiences.

Sir Terry Pratchett said, “This is an exciting and natural development for me and my works, and I look forward to working closely with the team to develop new stories in areas other than just print and ebooks and, of course, seeing my first Big Screen project come to fruition.”

Rod Brown said, “This is a dream challenge for me! Having worked very happily with Terry, Rob and Rhianna over the past decade on the three mini series for Sky 1, I have grown to love the world and characters Terry has created so when Terry invited me to head up the company for him, it was easy to say yes… please!”

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Terry Pratchett's The Watch: 13 60-Minute Episodes

The first projects on the slate are a pair of adaptations that were previously set up at Prime Focus. There’s a four-part mini-series version of Pratchett and Neil Gaiman‘s Good Omens, with Terry Jones and Gavin Scott writing the scripts; and there’s an ongoing, procedural series set in Discworld’s Ankh Morpork, starring and named for The Watch, the city’s police force. This too has Jones and Scott on the writing team. We’ve previously called it CSI: Ankh Morpork, and that seemed to get the idea across.

The first series of The Watch is planned to run to thirteen episodes of sixty minutes each

Here’s the official blurb for The Watch:

 As each weekly adventure unfolds, viewers will be taken on a ride through Pratchett’s genius imagination, with the author overseeing the creation of the series,  where wild and exciting encounters with werewolves, dragons, dwarfs, trolls and golems and the classic heroes and villains, are an everyday occurrence…and where many of these characters even make outstanding crime fighters!

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The Jim Henson Company Partners With Narrativia To Develop “Wee Free Men” As Feature Film ~ Discworld.com
Award winning screenwriter Rhianna Pratchett, daughter of Sir Terry Pratchett, will pen the adaptation HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (July 19, 2016) – The Jim Henson Company announced today the development of a feature film based on the great literary legacy of the late Sir Terry Pratchett’s “THE WEE FREE MEN,” part of the wildly popular Discworld series. The long-awaited film adaption will...
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More on Terry Pratchett, Discworld-Inspired TV Show

An upcoming television show based on Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels will focus on crime-fighting character Samuel Vimes, said the writer Friday at New York Comic Con.

Vimes is the no-nonsense commander of the City Watch, a burgeoning police force in the fantasy Discworld city of Ankh-Morpork. His exploits will form the basis of the show, to be called The Watch.

“Think of it like a Pratchett-styleCSI,” the charismatic British novelist said. “Only you won’t get it over here because you tipped our tea in the harbor ‘n’ all that shit,” he joked to the laughing crowd.

It might be fair to say that Samuel Vimes and Sir Terry aren’t all that dissimilar. Vimes worked his way up from poverty-struck origins to the aristocratic circles of Ankh-Morpork society. Pratchett grew up in public housing and described himself at Comic Con as a “poor man with lots of money.”

“I still clean my own toilet,” he hastened to add.

Pratchett didn’t reveal much else about the upcoming TV show, which is slated for 13 episodes. The crowd seemed more interested in whether, when and from which series there’d be more novels. (Pratchett’s comic fantasy Discworld series has been ongoing for the past three decades.)

Pratchett was at New York Comic Con to promote and introduce Dodger, his latest book, which parodies the life of Charles Dickens. It was released on Sept. 13 in the United Kingdom. The book is the result of a “lifetime of research” and experience, said Pratchett.

more:

  • Pratchett is halfway through a new Discworld novel
  • Terry Pratchett is using his new multimedia production company Narrativia (named after the goddess of writing) to launch a 13 part follow up to Snuff.
Narrativia are currently in development and pre- production, hand in hand with a number of high-profile production partners and broadcasters across the globe, on a slate of as yet undisclosed film and television projects, with commencement of filming for the first project due to start in 2016.