Discworld, a critically acclaimed fantasy book series written by Terry Pratchett, has finally been picked up for an epic television series debut.
According to a new report from Deadline earlier today, BBC Studios is currently working on the live-action adaptation under the working title of “The Watch” and has plans to develop six episodes for the first season.
The clue suggests that the miniseries will focus on “The Ankh-Morpork City Watch” storyline from the original source materials, one of the major storylines that make up about eight books in the expansive literary series. If that comes to be true then the main character would be Sam Vimes, with a supporting cast that includes a dwarf, werewolf, and zombie.
There are no details on the actual actors and actresses filling in for the cast but writer Simon Allen (The Musketeers, The Interceptor) has been confirmed to be given the task of penning the script.
There are more than forty books in the Discworld series. The setting is a fictional flat world that is balanced on the backs of four elephants, riding on the back of a giant turtle. The content has, over the years, frequently taken inspiration from the likes of J.R.R. Tolkien (The Lord of the Rings) and various other profound epic fantasy authors.
The six-part television series for Discworld will certainly look like a small step in that direction. However, if the first season garners positive ratings, there is the likelihood of additional seasons to further delve into the masterful works of Pratchett.
Discworld is not the only work from Pratchett that is being adapted for television. Good Omens, another critically acclaimed book with Neil Gaiman as co-author, is already in production by BBC Studios. It will also feature six episodes in total.