Sir Terry Pratchett and the former Prime Focus MD, Rob Brown, have broken away from that company to form Narrativia, a new TV and film production outfit. This new entity is to be run by Brown, Pratchett's business manager Rob Wilkins, and his daughter Rhianna Pratchett.
The first projects on the slate are a pair of adaptations that were previously set up at Prime Focus. There's a four-part mini-series version of Pratchett and Neil Gaiman's Good Omens, with Terry Jones and Gavin Scott writing the scripts; and there's an ongoing, procedural series set in Discworld's Ankh Morpork, starring and named for The Watch, the city's police force. This too has Jones and Scott on the writing team. We've previously called it CSI: Ankh Morpork, and that seemed to get the idea across.
The first series of The Watch is planned to run to thirteen episodes of sixty minutes each. According to Broadcast, this will require a budget of £13-15 in total. Several international broadcasters or home entertainment distributors will have to bite to make this possible.
Quite why the projects were stalling at Prime Focus isn't clear, nor the specifics of how they were moved over to the Narrativia umbrella, but here's hoping that development strides ahead now. We want to see these shows.
Maybe not as much as we wanted to see Terry Gilliam's feature film version of Good Omens, but… well, of course.
Here's the official blurb for The Watch:
As each weekly adventure unfolds, viewers will be taken on a ride through Pratchett's genius imagination, with the author overseeing the creation of the series, where wild and exciting encounters with werewolves, dragons, dwarfs, trolls and golems and the classic heroes and villains, are an everyday occurrence…and where many of these characters even make outstanding crime fighters!
And here's a vintage video from a meeting of the production team, with Pratchett putting across some very interesting ideas.
Update 02/10/12: The original Broadcast article had a couple of inaccuracies, and Narrativia have been in touch to clear them up. To find out the real budget for The Watch, as well as the name of the series writer, check out the latest news here.