Motive Pictures and Endeavor Content have teamed with Narrativia, the production company launched by the late Terry Pratchett, to develop a series of TV adaptations of the author’s beloved fantasy book series Discworld.
“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,” said Rhianna Pratchett, co-director of Narrativia. “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 Discworld books are a huge source of joy to millions of readers, and rightly so; every paragraph, phrase and footnote was crafted with brilliance and flair and we are committed to bringing Terry’s world to the screen with the respect and care it deserves,” added Rob Wilkins, Narrativia’s managing director. “With this partnership, we are delighted to say that Discworld has finally found its home.”
“Discworld is a national treasure and we are thrilled to be forging this new partnership with Narrativia and Endeavor Content,” stated Simon Maxwell, Motive Pictures’ CEO. “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.”
Pratchett wrote over 40 Discworld novels during his lifetime, selling over 100 million copies globally. The upcoming BBC series The Watch is inspired by the books, and features a cast that includes Richard Dormer, Lara Rossi, Adam Hugill, Jo Eaton-Kent, Sam Adewunmi and Marama Corlett. You can check out a batch of first-look images here.