WOSSNAME -- JULY 2007 -- part 1 of 7
Newsletter of the Klatchian Foreign Legion
July 2007 (Volume 10, Issue 7)
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====Part 1 -- ALL THE NEWS THAT FITS
1) QUOTE OF THE MONTH
2) LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
3) PTERRY NEWS IN PUBLISHING
4) MAKING MONEY ON THE STAGE!
====Part 2 -- MORE NEWS
5) DISCWORLD JAMBOREE UPDATE
6) A WORLD GONE MADDE!
7) JOSH KIRBY EXHIBITION UPDATE
8) FORTHCOMING DISCWORLD BOOKS TO ORDER
9) PARTY WEAR FOR THE FASHIONABLE ASSASSIN
10) HOT POTATOES
11) SIMON'S HOROSCOPE PROOF REVISITED
12) GOOD OMENS: MAKING SCENTS
====Part 3 -- ...AND MORE...
13) PTERRY: BELOVED BY LOCUS READERS
14) THE REAL C.M.O.T. DIBBLER
15) FROM RUSSIA WITH MAMMOTHS
16) DESPATCHES FROM KLATCH
17) ELEPHANTS AROUND YOUR NECK
18) THE GOOD WEBBE GUIDE
====Part 4 -- B.U. NEWS AND WEIRD ALICE
19) BUGARUP UNIVERSITY CAMPUS NEWSROUND
20) THE CLACKS LOG OF WEIRD ALICE LANCREVIC
====Part 5 -- WEIRD ALICE'S CLACKS LOG
21) THE CLACKS LOG OF WEIRD ALICE LANCREVIC, CONTINUED
====Part 6 -- MORE WEIRD ALICE
22) ...AND CONTINUED...
====Part 7 -- HOROSCOPE
23) YOUR MONTHLY DISCWORLD HOROSCOPE, and CLOSE
1) QUOTE OF THE MONTH
"You need tragic relief. You need darkness for the light to show up.
You need a way out of the forest. A truly dark novel would be a
forest with no way out." -- Terry Pratchett, 2003
2) LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
MOVING PICTURES, OF A SORT
By now, you are all aware that Mob Films are producing a new live-
action film combining The Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic,
to be aired on Sky One in 2008. Once again, Vadim Jean is at the
helm. Also, we're told that the budget this time will be double that
for Hogfather; furthermore, David Jason is heading the cast list, as
he did in Hogfather, and is acting as an executive producer for the
venture. Sir David will be playing the part of Rincewind. Other
well-known actors are signing on for parts, including David Bradley
(Hogwarts caretaker Argus Filch in the Harry Potter films) as Cohen
All told, this is good news -- the more Discworld films the merrier,
surely! -- but there are a few clouds on the fandom horizon. I've
been glancing at a number of Pratchett message boards, and the
overwhelming reaction to this news so far is a resounding "OHH NOES!
PLEASE NOT DAVID JASON AS RINCEWIND!" and the like; given that the
fan reaction to Hogfather-the-film was also quite mixed, this does
not bode well for viewership and future DVD sales among the
millions- strong Discworld demographic. That said, the purpose of
making the films is surely to bring Discworld to an even wider
audience whose perceptions of the stories and characters haven't
been coloured by the books...um, isn't it?
My own feelings about it are also somewhat mixed. I've been hanging
out for Discworld live- action films for many years now, and I'm
aware of the many difficulties faced by filmmakers when it comes to
pleasing the producers, backers, studio and such. But bringing
Discworld to the screen is trickier than, say, Lord of the Rings or
even Harry Potter because the Discworld novels have given us so many
strong -- dare I say immutable -- physical descriptions of
characters. With Tolkien, we knew that the Elves were elvish and
that the hobbits were short and had large hairy feet, but there were
few indicators as to what Aragorn or for that matter Sauron looked
like...yet we *know* that Rincewind is skinny and gangly, that Nobby
Nobbs is simian and shorter than the average dwarf, that the Dean is
enormously fat, that Carrot is tall and strapping and definitely
under thirty, and that Death is a seven-foot-tall skellington (thank
the gods for CGI there!). I'm a longtime admirer of David Jason's
stunning comedic and dramatic acting, and while his Albert wasn't
"my" Albert it was a creditable Albert, but for all Jason's talent I
can't easily imagine him as any version of Rincewind that tallies
with the Rincewind we know and love (or at least are amused by...).
But then I'm not a filmmaker, I don't have the millions required to
produce one, and I don't know that Pterry would approve of my style
of doing Discworld films if I were and did!
So let's have a big HUZZAH! for The Colour of Magic film, and here's
hoping that it's another winner for Sky and that it brings a new
horde of readers into the Discworld fold.
(Incidentally, if you've not seen pictures of the CoM set and props,
check out _http://www.paulkidby.com/news/jun2007.html_ )
-- Annie Mac, Editor
3) PTERRYNEWS FROM AROUND ROUNDWORLD
DATELINE GERMANY: get ready for a musical adaptation of Mort at the
Markthalle, Klosterwall 11, 20095 Hamburg. Performances will be on
the 15-17 and 27-29 December 2007 and 3-5 and 15-17 January 2008.
FOR AMERICAN FANS: a reminder that Pterry will be an honoured guest
at the Library of Congress-sponsored 2007 National Book Festival, on
the National Mall in Washington, D.C., between 7th and 14th streets
(come rain or shine, they say). The Festival takes place on Saturday
29th September from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is free and open to the
Further information can be found at http://tinyurl.com/2r385d
PUBLISHING NEWS AROUND THE NOT-A-DISC:
The Hogfather screenplay will be published by Goldmann/Random House
in Germany and Talpress in the Czech Republic.
Witches Abroad and Small Gods have been published by Cherubion/Delta
Vision in Hungary.
Elsmo in Russia have published The Last Hero and are in the process
of reissuing the first 20 Discworld titles with new covers.
In France, Editions l'Atalante have just released The Science of
Discworld and will be publishing The Art of Discworld.
In Romania, Rao will be publishing Wyrd Sisters in autumn 2007 and
Guards! Guards! in spring 2008.
Tonleikur in Iceland will publish The Colour of Magic; Ithaki
in Turkey will publish Reaper Man, Witches Abroad and Small Gods
Also, look out for Discworld releases in Finland (Jingo in hardback
and Moving Pictures and Lords and Ladies in paperback), Turkey
(Reaper Man, Witches Abroad and Small Gods), and Iceland (The Colour
of Magic) in the near future.
4) MOIST TREADS THE BOARDS - IN RECORD TIME!
The Studio Theatre Club in Abingdon will present the world premiere
stage adaptation of Making Money in November, within a month of the
release of the hotly-anticipated 36th Discworld novel. Dramatised by
Stephen Briggs, the production runs from 20th-24th November. Here be
"Moist von Lipwig is bored at the Post Office. There's no challenge
-- and his girlfriend's off chasing pottery men. Then Lord Vetinari
offers him a job. A job with prospects, a gold hat, a dog -- and the
chance to get killed by unpleasant people. How can he resist...?"
Unicorn Theatre, Thames Street, Abingdon, OXON
7.30 (+ 2.30 Sat)
Booking information from sbriggs@...
or from the Studio Theatre website:
5) THE MOB FILMS MOB WILL LOVE THIS ONE...
From Locus magazine, issue 78, June 2007:
Waterstone's Poll - UK bookseller Waterstone's compiled a list of
100 beloved books in honour of the chain's 25th anniversary, and
polled thousands of readers to create a ranked list of their 25
favorites. Coming in at a solid fifteenth place:
The Colour of Magic, Terry Pratchett
Kudos to Waterstone's customers for their impeccable taste!
End of Part 1, continued on Part 2 of 7.
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