Newsletter of the Klatchian Foreign Legion
SPECIAL EARLY EDITION NUMBER 2
March 2011 (Volume 14, Issue 3, post 2)
01) EDITOR'S LETTER
02) MOB FILMS PRESS RELEASE
01) LETTER FROM YOUR EDITOR: THE BEST COP SHOW IN THE MULTIVERSE?!
More news that simply can't wait: Mob Films and Sir Terry Pratchett
have announced an agreement to develop "The Watch", a new telly
series about the Ankh-Morpork City Watch, featuring the Watch
characters in all-new storylines.
Let me say that again, with multiple exclamation marks:
The ANKH-MORPORK CITY WATCH!! On your TELLY!!! In WEEKLY
INSTALMENTS!! With NEW STORYLINES sanctioned by PTERRY HIMSELF!!!!
~staggers back to the keyboard~
Right, see for yourself! Full text of the press release is below...
Annie Mac, Editor
02) MOB FILMS PRESS RELEASE
Terry Pratchett's 'The Watch'
11 March 2011:
Sir Terry Pratchett and Rod Brown, Managing Director of Prime Focus
Productions, announce that they have come to an agreement for the
unprecedented and exclusive worldwide television rights to create
brand new storylines for the iconic characters of Pratchett's
phenomenally successful Discworld series.
Terry's universal success has seen him create one of the leading
fantasy fiction franchises of all time, with 70 million worldwide
sales of his 38 book Discworld titles (with a 39th being published
in October 2011). Whilst there have been three successful mini
series adaptations of his Discworld books made for television in the
UK, this is the first time that Pratchett has granted a production
company the international rights to his character's and world, for
the creation of new stories exclusively for a television audience.
The main focus of the series will be set in the bustling, highly
mercantile, largely untrustworthy and always vibrant city of Ankh
Morpork and will follow the day-to-day activities of the men, women,
trolls, dwarves, vampires and several other species who daily pound
its ancient cobbles (and, of course, Igor in the forensics
department). Terry commonly refers to the City Watch police force
series "the jewels in his Discworld Crown".
These richly developed and highly compelling characters will feature
in a 'crime of the week' episodic storyline. 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... many of whom even
make outstanding crime fighters!
Rod Brown, Managing Director of Prime Focus Productions said, "I
believe that the globally successful Discworld franchise will
readily translate to the small screen in the form of a high-end,
mass appeal weekly drama series. It will give the audience the
anticipation and excitement of brand new Discworld stories every
week through the medium of television, rather than books. 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".
Sir Terry Pratchett said, "I'm very excited! I really am incredibly
happy about this because Rod was part head of the team that produced
the very successful Sky One adaptations and my message of
encouragement to him now is; don't bugger it up!"
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