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2018-03-03 09:40:43 PM  
Still waiting for my Culture and Hyperion series.
 
2018-03-03 09:41:22 PM  
With David Tennant and Michael Sheen? This I must see. Too bad about it being a BBC production though - I'd rather it be done by Amazon, HBO or Netflix. Bigger budgets and bigger balls
 
2018-03-03 09:53:45 PM  
Squirt.
 
2018-03-03 09:55:51 PM  

rcain: With David Tennant and Michael Sheen? This I must see. Too bad about it being a BBC production though - I'd rather it be done by Amazon, HBO or Netflix. Bigger budgets and bigger balls


The Tennant - Sheen thing is Good Omens. Discworld hasn't been cast yet.
 
2018-03-03 10:05:30 PM  

rcain: With David Tennant and Michael Sheen? This I must see. Too bad about it being a BBC production though - I'd rather it be done by Amazon, HBO or Netflix. Bigger budgets and bigger balls


They're in good omens, which will air on Amazon here in the states, so they may have thrown some money at it as well.

Based on the working title of "The Watch" I'm assuming it'll be loosely based on "guards guards". My BS casting of the guards follows:

Colin - Nick Frost
Nobby - Simon Pegg CGIed down to 3/5 size
Carrot - Channing Tatum with a TERRIBLE accent
Vimes - I think Hugh Laurie would work here
 
2018-03-03 10:18:13 PM  
We've no idea how the new team will bring the fictional world balanced on the backs of four elephants who stand on the back of a turtle to life, but we don't even care. We're excited already.

When this was first 'given the green light for development' Pratchett was still alive and his daughter was going to be very much involved.

It was going to be "The Night Watch" with a CSI theme with Sam Vimes and the crew. Doing a crime series...and story arch with some self contained stories. But with all the discworld races and wizards etc.
That never got off the ground with Pratchett's death.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wat​c​h_(TV_series)

and from the wiki entry...it looks like this is same.
 
2018-03-03 10:35:15 PM  
Also...I remember his daughter was very much involved in the computer games...and involved with writing scripts for games.

At her father's death...she was very much against her 'taking up the torch' so to speak and writing new discworld books. But didn't rule out 'other formats' based on her father's work.
Also...she's in with the Jim Henson company to make a "Wee Free Men" movie.
http://www.narrativia.com/wee-free-me​n​-announcement.html
Possibly in development hell at present.
 
2018-03-03 10:41:26 PM  

Ethertap: Nobby - Simon Pegg CGIed down to 3/5 size


Did you ever see any of the BBC discworlds mini series. "Hog Father"
was excellent. The actor playing Nobby was amazingly spot on.
Hogfather Part 2
Youtube xYToKNkXh0A
 
2018-03-03 10:47:31 PM  
I think Carrot's going to be the hardest one to cast, even harder than Nobby. He's got to have so many different layers. I like the Simon Pegg idea for Nobby, though I've thought Mackenzie Crook would work ever since I saw the first PotC movie -- he's too tall, but otherwise believable as someone who would need a card certifying him as a human.

Hugh Laurie would definitely work as Vimes, but I've also always pictured Alun Armstrong in the role, though now he might only work as Commander Sir Samuel Vimes rather than the earlier versions of the character. Still, I think he could absolutely kill it in an adaptation of Night Watch...
 
2018-03-03 10:59:23 PM  

hebrides: Hugh Laurie would definitely work as Vimes,


Humm... I dunno.
He's just not 'physical' enough. They'd need a Daniel Craig type. Not 'built' but wiry and the look of a fighter.
"Don't fook with me" look. But he could act his way through it.
Now...Stephen Fry as the Ridcully might work.
 
2018-03-03 11:30:38 PM  

optikeye: He's just not 'physical' enough. They'd need a Daniel Craig type. Not 'built' but wiry and the look of a fighter.


Richard Armitage.
 
2018-03-03 11:35:15 PM  
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It's been in development limbo for a while. I'll wait for official confirmation yet.

/a lie can run around the world before the truth has got its boots on.
 
2018-03-04 12:00:03 AM  
Vetinari - Charles Dance has performed admirably in this role and would do so again
Vimes - Paul Anderson (Arthur Shelby in Peaky Blinders)
Nobby & Colon - like hebridesI got the vibe from that duo in Pirates of the Caribbean
Carrot  - Domhnall Gleeson
Angua - Rosamund Pike
 
2018-03-04 12:16:16 AM  

rcain: With David Tennant and Michael Sheen? This I must see. Too bad about it being a BBC production though - I'd rather it be done by Amazon, HBO or Netflix. Bigger budgets and bigger balls


You honestly don't know much about the BBC. They were doing this kind of programming for decades.
 
2018-03-04 12:35:46 AM  

Ethertap: rcain: With David Tennant and Michael Sheen? This I must see. Too bad about it being a BBC production though - I'd rather it be done by Amazon, HBO or Netflix. Bigger budgets and bigger balls

They're in good omens, which will air on Amazon here in the states, so they may have thrown some money at it as well.

Based on the working title of "The Watch" I'm assuming it'll be loosely based on "guards guards". My BS casting of the guards follows:

Colin - Nick Frost
Nobby - Simon Pegg CGIed down to 3/5 size
Carrot - Channing Tatum with a TERRIBLE accent
Vimes - I think Hugh Laurie would work here


The idea was it was procedural, like CSI Ahnk Morpork
 
2018-03-04 01:14:27 AM  
optikeye:
Did you ever see any of the BBC discworlds mini series. "Hog Father"
was excellent...


What I was coming to say. I expected them to be awful but they were actually very good, and well worth the time.
 
2018-03-04 01:20:52 AM  
Led by Neil Gaiman?

I'm still really pissed at him for faffing up Beowulf.
 
2018-03-04 01:22:21 AM  

hebrides: I think Carrot's going to be the hardest one to cast, even harder than Nobby. He's got to have so many different layers. I like the Simon Pegg idea for Nobby, though I've thought Mackenzie Crook would work ever since I saw the first PotC movie -- he's too tall, but otherwise believable as someone who would need a card certifying him as a human.

Hugh Laurie would definitely work as Vimes, but I've also always pictured Alun Armstrong in the role, though now he might only work as Commander Sir Samuel Vimes rather than the earlier versions of the character. Still, I think he could absolutely kill it in an adaptation of Night Watch...


The Rock could pull off Carrot.

He played oblivious quite well on SNL a couple times.

He'd definitely get two opposing groups of ruffians to play a pickup sportsball game instead of gang war.
 
2018-03-04 01:22:25 AM  
If this is actually happening? Great! Just, don't f*ck it up.
 
2018-03-04 01:23:23 AM  
 
2018-03-04 01:23:38 AM  
Colin - Melissa McCarthy
Nobby - Kate McKinnon
Carrot - Leslie Jones
Vimes - Kristen Wiig
 
2018-03-04 01:25:53 AM  

andrewagill: Led by Neil Gaiman?

I'm still really pissed at him for faffing up Beowulf.


I'm curious - how can you "faff up" a story where the point is that each person tells it differently?
 
2018-03-04 01:37:11 AM  

Spaced Lion: andrewagill: Led by Neil Gaiman?

I'm still really pissed at him for faffing up Beowulf.

I'm curious - how can you "faff up" a story where the point is that each person tells it differently?


um.

Mainly by making a story where each person tells it differently?  The Beowulf story is not told by multiple narrators or by an unreliable narrator.  Beowulf hasn't had a decent feature film about it yet, and Gaiman chooses that story as a vehicle for his unreliable narrator screenplay?
 
2018-03-04 01:39:34 AM  

Thong_of_Zardoz: Colin - Melissa McCarthy
Nobby - Kate McKinnon
Carrot - Leslie Jones
Vimes - Kristen Wiig


ohyou.jpg
 
2018-03-04 01:40:25 AM  
The Rock is one of the highest paid actors in the world. I doubt he's going to take time off to work at BBC wages.
 
2018-03-04 01:40:42 AM  

rcain: With David Tennant and Michael Sheen? This I must see. Too bad about it being a BBC production though - I'd rather it be done by Amazon, HBO or Netflix. Bigger budgets and bigger balls


You don't want to wait 2 years for 4 episodes?
 
2018-03-04 01:47:28 AM  

optikeye: Also...I remember his daughter was very much involved in the computer games...and involved with writing scripts for games.


I didn't know that. I did know that Terry himself was involved in the first one on the Spectrum:

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Trivia bit: the name 'Ramtops' is a reference to Spectrum programming.
 
2018-03-04 01:51:49 AM  

Mad_Radhu: fusillade762: Still waiting for my Culture and Hyperion series.

https://www.slashgear.com/amazon-is-br​inging-iain-m-banks-culture-to-prime-v​ideo-21520266/


SQUEEEEE!!

Please don't suck.
 
2018-03-04 02:16:58 AM  
Discwhaaa? Never heard of it.
 
2018-03-04 02:55:19 AM  

Gordon Bennett: optikeye: Also...I remember his daughter was very much involved in the computer games...and involved with writing scripts for games.

I didn't know that. I did know that Terry himself was involved in the first one on the Spectrum:

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Trivia bit: the name 'Ramtops' is a reference to Spectrum programming.


His daughter also wrote scripts  for other video games, like Tomb Raider, BioShock, Prince of Persia.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhianna​_​Pratchett
She's held the 'keys' to any green light of any Discworld properties coming on the screen.
So yeah...until you she her give a green light..it's a no go.

One thing...after her Father's death she was very much against was 'continuation' of the series.
Noodling about in the existing Discworld universe fine...in new mediums etc. Was fine.
But no "New" Discworld books like with Sam Vimes JR and his spunky bunch of baker street irregulars solving crimes little rascal style.
 
2018-03-04 03:16:33 AM  
If we're talking about casting choices, I think going with established superstars would be the wrong way to go.

First, they probably won't have the budget to hire the likes of Dwayne Johnson and Hugh Laurie. The money will be needed for set-building and CGI and costumes because fantasy and anachronism require a lot of that stuff.

Second, I think they should look for actors who resemble the artwork of Paul Kidby. He's illustrated quite a bit of Pratchett's work so a lot of fans already have that mental image established and Pratchett said of his character design: "this is the closest anyone's got to how I see the characters " so it'd be faithful to the author's vision. Who knows, it could even be a breakout role for someone who doesn't fit the typical Hollywood "look". Pratchett didn't fill his world with beautiful, flawless heroes of destiny. They were almost always old or young, pimpled or scrawny or fat or plain or whatever else.
 
2018-03-04 04:16:03 AM  
I really hope this comes together. Pratchett was my favorite fantasy author, and we drove all night more than once to see him at book signings. The only book I haven't read of his is the last one, just because I know I'll be crying all the way through. But seeing his work in other media would be amazing and sort of a fresh start for Discworld.
 
2018-03-04 04:46:25 AM  

thisispete: Vetinari - Charles Dance has performed admirably in this role and would do so again
Vimes - Paul Anderson (Arthur Shelby in Peaky Blinders)
Nobby & Colon - like hebridesI got the vibe from that duo in Pirates of the Caribbean
Carrot  - Domhnall Gleeson
Angua - Rosamund Pike


Charles Dance was very good as Vetinari. My favorite character in Going Postal (what the heck did they do to Reacher Guilt, Adora Bell Dearheart and to a lesser extent Moist?)

Good choice for Angua.

Any ideas for AE Pessimal?
 
2018-03-04 05:36:48 AM  

Marksrevenge: If we're talking about casting choices, I think going with established superstars would be the wrong way to go.

First, they probably won't have the budget to hire the likes of Dwayne Johnson and Hugh Laurie. The money will be needed for set-building and CGI and costumes because fantasy and anachronism require a lot of that stuff.

Second, I think they should look for actors who resemble the artwork of Paul Kidby. He's illustrated quite a bit of Pratchett's work so a lot of fans already have that mental image established and Pratchett said of his character design: "this is the closest anyone's got to how I see the characters " so it'd be faithful to the author's vision. Who knows, it could even be a breakout role for someone who doesn't fit the typical Hollywood "look". Pratchett didn't fill his world with beautiful, flawless heroes of destiny. They were almost always old or young, pimpled or scrawny or fat or plain or whatever else.


Apart from a small amount of raging internet fanboys most fans would prefer an actor who could do the character, not the look (with the exception of Carrot). Plus most fans have slightly different physical interpretations any way.

Carrot should be physically imposing but more importantly has to be very charismatic. The charisma is the defining part of his character.
Vimes just needs to be a hard bitten, tough as nails person. Physically who can be a wide range but if you don't believe he could handle himself in a nasty street fight then the character won't fly.
Colon is just affable and a comedic foil. If he doesn't seem to be that bloke down the pub that every one talks to then the character won't work.
 
2018-03-04 05:44:16 AM  
I'm very much looking forward to watching every single person who is excited today shiatting all over it because it doesn't "feel like Discworld" the minute they actually watch it.
 
2018-03-04 06:13:42 AM  

andrewagill: Spaced Lion: andrewagill: Led by Neil Gaiman?

I'm still really pissed at him for faffing up Beowulf.

I'm curious - how can you "faff up" a story where the point is that each person tells it differently?

um.

Mainly by making a story where each person tells it differently?  The Beowulf story is not told by multiple narrators or by an unreliable narrator.  Beowulf hasn't had a decent feature film about it yet, and Gaiman chooses that story as a vehicle for his unreliable narrator screenplay?


No shiat. This isn't Mad Max, It's Beowulf. The only thing unreliable about it is the translator, and I'm pretty sure most of the bad translations have been deprecated with extreme prejudice.

/my user name bloody well better check out
//fan of the Seamus Heany translation
///if tearing a few arms off and beating people to death with them at Heorot's hearth isn't clear enough...
 
2018-03-04 07:06:02 AM  

pkjun: I'm very much looking forward to watching every single person who is excited today shiatting all over it because it doesn't "feel like Discworld" the minute they actually watch it.


You're not familiar with the BBC Discworld stuff, are you?

Even at its worst, it was was still JEREMY IRONS KNOCKING IT OUT OF THE F-ING PARK!

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Ugh. Are your feet wet? Because I'm up to my knees in it over here. UNF!!

Besides, the worst case scenario IT'S NOT A VERY GOOD SHOW. THERE ARE WORSE SCENARIOS.
 
2018-03-04 07:38:55 AM  
Where WoT series,where?
 
2018-03-04 07:51:10 AM  

Jurodan: thisispete: Vetinari - Charles Dance has performed admirably in this role and would do so again
Vimes - Paul Anderson (Arthur Shelby in Peaky Blinders)
Nobby & Colon - like hebridesI got the vibe from that duo in Pirates of the Caribbean
Carrot  - Domhnall Gleeson
Angua - Rosamund Pike

Charles Dance was very good as Vetinari. My favorite character in Going Postal (what the heck did they do to Reacher Guilt, Adora Bell Dearheart and to a lesser extent Moist?)

Good choice for Angua.

Any ideas for AE Pessimal?


Agreed. Dance IS The Patrician. I also think whoever played Drumnott (sp?) was good in the role.
 
2018-03-04 08:12:15 AM  

thisispete: Vetinari - Charles Dance has performed admirably in this role and would do so again
Vimes - Paul Anderson (Arthur Shelby in Peaky Blinders)
Nobby & Colon - like hebridesI got the vibe from that duo in Pirates of the Caribbean
Carrot  - Domhnall Gleeson
Angua - Rosamund Pike

Hayley Atwell
 
2018-03-04 08:20:35 AM  

The Department of Inadvisably Applied Magic: Discwhaaa? Never heard of it.


Oook.
 
2018-03-04 08:25:34 AM  
If it's as bad as the specials they did, it would be better if they didn't make it at all. The Color of Magic was an abomination. The closest one to the books was Hogfather, and they still managed to screw a bunch of things up.
 
2018-03-04 08:26:07 AM  

The Department of Inadvisably Applied Magic: Discwhaaa? Never heard of it.


It's like Flatland but everybody's a disk.
 
2018-03-04 08:29:40 AM  
Well as long as Syfy isn't doing it, it should be fine.
 
2018-03-04 08:30:16 AM  

Phantom_Spaceman: Thong_of_Zardoz: Colin - Melissa McCarthy
Nobby - Kate McKinnon
Carrot - Leslie Jones
Vimes - Kristen Wiig

ohyou.jpg


Woman hater!
 
2018-03-04 08:47:49 AM  
John Goodman for Ridcully.
 
2018-03-04 08:59:24 AM  

Ethertap: rcain: With David Tennant and Michael Sheen? This I must see. Too bad about it being a BBC production though - I'd rather it be done by Amazon, HBO or Netflix. Bigger budgets and bigger balls

They're in good omens, which will air on Amazon here in the states, so they may have thrown some money at it as well.

Based on the working title of "The Watch" I'm assuming it'll be loosely based on "guards guards". My BS casting of the guards follows:

Colin - Nick Frost
Nobby - Simon Pegg CGIed down to 3/5 size
Carrot - Channing Tatum with a TERRIBLE accent
Vimes - I think Hugh Laurie would work here


Or one of the older Weaselly boys for Carrot.
 
2018-03-04 09:00:52 AM  

bloobeary: optikeye: He's just not 'physical' enough. They'd need a Daniel Craig type. Not 'built' but wiry and the look of a fighter.

Richard Armitage.


Bruce Willis
 
2018-03-04 09:43:25 AM  
"The Watch" has been in development hell for years.

/now the wee, free men link...
//CRIVENS!
 
2018-03-04 10:19:33 AM  

rcain: With David Tennant and Michael Sheen? This I must see. Too bad about it being a BBC production though - I'd rather it be done by Amazon, HBO or Netflix. Bigger budgets and bigger balls


Plus BBC will make nine episodes over ten years and call it a four season show.
 
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