Pratchett's Wee Free Men to become film

Pratchett's Wee Free Men to become film

The Jim Henson Company is producing a film adaptation of Terry Pratchett’s The Wee Free Men novel. The screenplay will be written by Rhianna Pratchett, the late author’s daughter.

The Jim Henson Company will co-produce the film with Narrativia, the independent production company founded by Terry Pratchett in 2012. Rhianna is a co-director of Narrativia, along with her father’s business manager Rob Wilkins. The m.d. is producer Rod Brown.

The Wee Free Men, first published in 2003 by Corgi Children's, is the first in a series of Discworld novels about the young witch Tiffany Aching. Armed with a frying pan and common sense, she must defend her home against the monsters of Fairyland. Luckily she has help from Nac Mac Feegles—aka the Wee Free Men—a clan of six-inch-high blue men.

Brian Henson of The Jim Henson Company will serve as producer of the film. Rhianna Pratchett, Rob Wilkins and Rod Brown of Narrativia and Vince Raisa of The Jim Henson Company, will serve as executive producers.

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

Brian Henson said: “As a family-owned company, we fully understand the importance of legacy properties. 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.”