Sir Terry Pratchett has launched his own production company, Narrativia. The new prodco will have all rights, across TV, film and digital, to all of the best-selling fantasy author’s work.
A spokesman told TBI that work is underway on TV adaptations of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s best selling novel, Good Omens, and, separately, The Watch.
Good Omens will be a four-part miniseries while The Watch will be a thirteen-part one-hour series with a budget of £26 million.
Good Omens was previously being worked on by Prime Focus and Scottish free-to-air broadcaster STV was on board as a coproduction partner. It will be written by Monty Python’s Terry Jones and his writing partner Gavin Scott.
No broadcast partner has been announced for The Watch, which will be written by Guy Burt (The Borgias, The Bletchley Circle).
In the UK, pay TV channel Sky 1 has been the home to recent adaptations of Pratchett works including Hogfather and The Colour of Magic.
The company said that a key part of its mission will be to ensure that projects stay true to the author’s vision as well as bringing it to life in new formats and taking it into new territories.
Pratchett’s daughter Rhianna, also a writer, will work at the new London-based company and it will be run day to day by managing director Rod Brown.
He was at The Mob Film Company, the Red Arrow-owned producer that worked with Pratchett on adaptations of his books including Going Postal, for Sky 1. he then joined Prime Focus, which developed Good Omens.
Brown said, “Having worked very happily with Terry, Rob and Rhianna over the past decade on the three miniseries for Sky 1, I have grown to love the world and characters Terry has created so when Terry invited me to head up the company for him, it was easy to say yes… please!”
Sir Terry said, “This is an exciting and natural development for me and my works, and I look forward to working closely with the team to develop new stories in areas other than just print and ebooks and, of course, seeing my first Big Screen project come to fruition.”
The author revealed in 2007 that he has Alzheimer’s disease.