The world lost one of its finest creators when Terry Pratchett died in March 2015. His final book, which had been completed before his death, was published five months later. Though he left enough notes for at least ten more novels in his famous Discworld series, there are no plans for anyone to take over where he left off and continue producing them. His estate – including all these notes – has been passed down to his daughter, Rhianna Pratchett, who is in herself an accomplished writer, though she has declared that she has no intention of taking up such a precious mantle.
For a lot of fans, though the Discworld seemed such a beautiful and complex and truly neverending source of joy, it appeared it was finally over.
Luckily, that disappointing day is yet to come.
Narrativia, the company launched by Pratchett which owns the rights to his characters, creations and writing, have partnered with the Jim Henson Company to create a movie based on his novel, Wee Free Men. Rhianna Pratchett, who is known not just for her father’s fame but for her own as writing on Rise of the Tomb Raider and Mirror’s Edge, will be writing the script.
The novel certainly lends itself well to being made by the same company responsible for such legendary fantastical pieces of cinema as Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal, with a lot of the same magical imagery, unique creativity and tongue-in-cheek humour.
The story follows a young witch called Tiffany Aching, who finds herself caught up in a battle with the monsters of Fairyland. Despite always having her trusty frying pan to hand, she enlists the help of a clan of six-inch high man called the Nac Mac Feegles in her epic struggle and together they take on the Queen herself.
An exciting tour de force through the realms of some of literature’s finest fantasy, it is an excellent starting point to bring Pratchett’s work to the cinema in what is sure to be an incredibly feat of filmography.