Terry Pratchett’s acclaimed Discworld fantasy series is being adapted for television.
According to Variety, the adaptation comes courtesy of a deal between the late Pratchett’s production company, Narrativia, and Motive Pictures and Endeavor Content. Motive’s Maxwell and Sam Lavender will serve as executive producers, while distribution duties will be handled by Endeavor.
The Discworld series is set on a flat planet that sits atop four elephants and a massive sea turtle. The first installment, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983, and the series ran until Pratchett’s death in 2015, with 41 novels in total. Cover art for the first 26 was by Josh Kirby, while Paul Kidby handled the remainder.
“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,” Pratchett’s daughter and Narrativia Co-Director Rhianna said in a statement. “It’s wonderful to embark on this journey with Motive and Endeavor Content, who both perfectly share our vision to make this a reality.”
“Discworld is a national treasure and we are thrilled to be forging this new partnership with Narrativia and Endeavor Content,” Simon Maxwell added. “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.”
BBC Studios is also developing a Discworld adaptation called The Watch, though there doesn’t appear to be any relation between that project and what Endeavor and Motive have planned.
Terry Pratchett's Discworld fantasy series is being adapted thanks to a deal between Narrativia, Motive Pictures and Endeavor Content.