Sir Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels are being brought to TV in a deal which remains “absolutely faithful” to his original vision.
A partnership has been announced between Narrativia, the firm Pratchett launched in 2012 that controls the multimedia and merchandising rights to his work, and British production firm Motive Pictures and Endeavor Content, to create an “epic series” of adaptations.
No details of which titles will be filmed has been released but Rob Wilkins, m.d. of Narrativia, said the company was committed to “bringing Terry’s world to the screen with the respect and care it deserves”. He said: “With this partnership, we are delighted to say that Discworld has finally found its home.”
The deal comes on the heels of the successful 2019 release of “Good Omens” with Amazon Studios and BBC Studios, based on the novel by Pratchett and Neil Gaiman.
Rhianna Pratchett, co-director of Narrativia, said: “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. It’s wonderful to embark on this journey with Motive and Endeavor Content, who both perfectly share our vision to make this a reality.”
The deal was struck by Rob Wilkins of Narrativia and Simon Maxwell of Motive Pictures, with Endeavor Content. Executive producers for Motive Pictures will be Simon Maxwell and Sam Lavender, while Endeavor Content will handle worldwide sales.
Simon Maxwell, c.e.o. of Motive Pictures and former head of international drama for Channel 4, added: “Discworld is a national treasure and we are thrilled to be forging this new partnership with Narrativia and Endeavor Content. 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.
"We launched Motive to make high quality British shows with global scale and impact and I can think of nothing that exemplifies that ambition more than this hugely exciting partnership.”