At Terry Pratchett’s memorial in April, it was confirmed that his daughter Rhianna Pratchett was adapting his 2003 Discworld novel The Wee Free Men into a feature film. Today, Discworld.com has announced that The Jim Henson Company would be partnering with Narrativia (the production company holding the exclusive rights to Pratchett’s works) to develop the movie.
You know what this means, right? All the puppets.
Rhianna Pratchett, co-director of Narrativia, will serve as an executive producer alongside Narrativia’s Rob Wilkins and Rod Brown, as well as The Jim Henson Company’s Vince Raisa. Brian Henson, son of Jim Henson and chairman of The Jim Henson Company, will produce. The Wee Free Men is the first of several Discworld novels about trainee witch Tiffany Aching. From the press release:
A nightmarish danger threatens from the other side of reality. Armed with only a frying pan and her common sense, the young witch-to-be must defend her home against the monsters of Fairyland. Luckily she has some very unusual help: the local Nac Mac Feegles—aka the Wee Free Men—a clan of fierce, sheep-stealing, sword-wielding, six-inch-high blue men. Together they must face headless horsemen, ferocious grimhounds, terrifying dreams come true, and ultimately the most powerful force of all—the Queen.
“I’ve loved the Jim Henson Company’s work all my life, so it’s a great honor to team up with them and bring Wee Free Men to the big screen,” Pratchett said in the press release. Henson added, “As a family owned company, we fully understand the importance of legacy properties. The Discworld series is a richly developed world with devoted fans, myself included, and there is no one better than Rhianna to bring Terry’s beloved project to life on the big screen.”
via The Daily Dot