Prime Focus Productions announced yesterday that they have acquired the international rights to create an episodic show based on Terry Pratchett‘s Discworld novels, specifically, a ‘crime of the week’ type show based on the Ankh-Morpork city guard characters.
There is only one other geek cop show that I would get more excited about than this, but until DC lets that one out of the bag, I’ll be happy to accept a television show about Commander Sir Samuel Vimes and Co.
And before you get all antsy about how they’re going to screw it up, take a gander at who’s involved:
Rod Brown, Managing Director of Prime Focus Productions said… “it’s a huge responsibility to get this right for Terry, his legions of Discworld fans and the new followers to his work that we will attract along the way, but I believe they will be in for a treat with a high calibre writing team already attached, including ‘Monty Python’s’ Terry Jones and Gavin Scott (Small Soldiers, The Borrowers). We have already spoken to a number of international broadcasters who have shown early interest and we hope to move forward very quickly to bring this exciting project to fruition”.
You can’t get much more prestigious in British comedy than having a Python writing for you, so come on, unnamed Discworld cop show. Lets see you really impress me.
Cast Hugh Laurie as Vimes.
(via Bleeding Cool.)