In some potentially brilliant news for genre fans, it looks like a small-screen adaptation of Terry Pratchett’s iconic Discworld is on the way.
As per Deadline, BBC Studios is developing a six-part series based on the legendary Discworld novels. At this stage, it’s believed that the working title for the show is The Watch. Simon Allen is overseeing the series, and he’s likely best known for giving the famed Musketeers a contemporary refresh with the BBC’s The Musketeers. In addition to the BBC handling this series, Narrativia – the Pratchett-founded production company now run by his daughter Rhianna and longtime business manager Rob Wilkins – will co-produce with the Beeb.
The Discworld series began life back in 1983, with the adventures set in a fictional flat disc world that’s balanced on the back of four elephants which are similarly placed on the back of a giant turtle. Full of fantasy tropes and plentiful humourous elements, Discworld sees dragons, monsters, trolls, and a whole bunch of other familiar staples take centre-stage as the fantasy world clashes with modern civilisation – all with lashings of satire and social commentary drenched throughout. In total, there are 41 Discworld novels and the series has sold more than 80 million books across the globe, with the works having been published in an impressive 37 different languages.
Expect more on all of this as we get it.