Discussion in 'Movies and Television' started by Tekkaman Blade, Oct 31, 2018.
After 7 1/2 Years, BBC America Greenlights Terry Pratchett's The Watch TV Series
The Terry Pratchett Discworld series are a favourite of mine, but I preferred the stories about Rincewind and Death and Granny Weatherwax.
But the Watch books are the most accessible for newcomers (a fantasy police force dealing with dragons, golems, politics etc), so I can see why they'd go with that.
I hope the adaptation is funny and enjoyable enough, as befits Pratchett's humorist icon status.
Game of Thrones star Richard Dormer is to lead the cast of BBC America’s The Watch, based on Sir Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels.
Dormer stars as Sam Vimes, Captain of The Watch, disempowered by a broken society that’s reduced his department’s jurisdiction to almost nothing, in the eight-part series, which is co-produced by BBC Studios and Narrativia, the production company founded by Pratchett in 2012 and now run with Pratchett’s daughter Rhianna and his former business manager Rob Wilkins.
The cast also includes Also joining the cast are Adam Hugill (1917), Jo Eaton-Kent (Don’t Forget The Driver), Marama Corlette (Blood Drive), Lara Rossi (Crossing Lines) and Sam Adewunmi (The Last Tree).
Dormer really has a Vimes look in that headshot on IMDB. No mention of Nobby or Colon makes me a sad panda though.
I want this to be good, I really do, but so far I'm skeptical.
The casting for Vimes, Carrot and Cheery is pretty good but a skinny brunette Angua and a young, slim, black Sybill is just completely wrong! If they are adapting Night Watch as Carcer is the antagonist it could be decent (and Dormer would be in a eye patch *again*), but if they just start making plots up my hopes aren't high.
BBC's Discworld Cast Expands With Gender-Swapped Lord Vetinari & More
Casting News: BBC America’s ‘The Watch’ Enlists Anna Chancellor, James Fleet and More | BBC America
Anna Chancellor is Lord... Lady Havelock Vetinari.
James Fleet is Mustrum Ridcully, Archchancellor of the wizarding school Unseen University.
Ingrid Oliver is Dr Cruces, head of the Assassin's Guild.
Hakeem Kae-Kazim (Dynasty) will play Captain John Keel, former leader of The Watch and mentor to Sam Vimes.
Ruth Madeley is Throat, the world's best snitch.
Bianca Simone Mannie is Lupine Wonse, Sam Vimes' contemporary.
Anna Chancellor saying, “It’s been so exciting to join such a wonderfully creative team – from writer Simon Allen to the stunning production design and a truly talented group of actors – to help realize Terry Pratchett’s brilliantly anarchic yet strangely real and moving world. With the combining characteristics of Dracula and Elvis – Lord Vetinari has sprung to life in the most alarmingly joyful way.”
I'm not sure about the gender-swapped roles.
So after being in development hell for like a decade (I have checked every few years or so) this is finally happening? But why the weird genderswapping? Vetinari is kind of iconic and this is a weird choice. So will she be called the Matriarch instead of Patriarch, then? That said, I liked the actress on Pennyworth. If well written, it could work.
Still, if they wanted more female characters in the show, we have plenty of them in the books to choose from... just use them.
And WTF, Cut-Me-Own-Throat Dibbler will be a female too?
I guess they made the effort to at least stop at making Nobby Nobbs woman too. I don't think even feminists would have applauded that one...
Wonse will be... a female wizard? Pretty sure that was one of the reasons wizards and witches never got along well in the books until Equal Rites, which kind of revolves around this (the seventh son of a seventh son being a girl). But seeing as how Keel will be still around this likely takes place before the Watch became what it is now in the books.
Because the BBC has diversity quotas that they have to meet by 2020
Oh yeah and SPOILERS about John Keel, Vimes mentor...
John Keel IS Sam Vimes. In Night Watch, he was sent back in time alongside a serial killer who killed the real Keel, so Sam disguised himself and during the short rebellion, became a mentor to his younger self. So it is weird they would cast him as a black man... unless he just going to play the short lived real Keel.
I just read today what Terry Gilliam said about this, and I pretty much agree with him...
It's sad to think we live in a world where the Monty Python group would have never had gotten on TV if they formed today, being 6 white males. Nor I would assume would A Bit of Fry and Laurie exist...
Definitely. It's going to make it hard for them to do certain period pieces too. They wouldn't be able to make something like Band of Brothers anymore.
Would likely be "Band of Brothers, Sisters and Attack Helicopters" today.
This might be my favorite post of the day.
And just like that, interest lost.
I'll still watch it - the "Matriarch" actress was great as Frances Gaunt on Pennyworth. I would just like to know who writes this. Is Pratchett's daughter involved, at least?
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