The British satellite/cable channel Sky One are preparing to start shooting their fourth live-action adaption of Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels, following on from 2006's Hogfather and 2008's The Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic. In keeping with the non-linear series of adaptions - Hogfather is the twentieth Discworld novel, The Colour of Magic the first and The Light Fantastic the second - the next book to be adapted is Going Postal, the thirty-third book in the series.
The announced cast so far is:
Moist von Lipwig - Richard Coyle (Coupling)
Reacher Guilt - David Suchet (Poirot)
Lord Vetinari - Charles Dance (you know who he is), replacing Jeremy Irons.
Adora Belle Dearheart - Claire Foy (a relative newcomer)
Drumknott - Steve Pemberton (The League of Gentleman)
Groat - Andrew Sachs (Fawlty Towers)
Miss Cripslock - Tamsin Greig (Green Wing)
That's a pretty decent cast. I'm hoping Sky One produce a better result this time. Hogfather was decent, but The Colour of Magic/Light Fantastic was a bit of a confused mess. Notably, David Jason is absent from proceedings this time around, as he is busy with other projects.
If successful, the adaption will pave the way for further Discworld adaptions, including the other two books in the 'Moist trilogy', namely Making Money and the still-to-be-written Raising Taxes.
In related news, Pratchett has recently reclaimed the rights to Guards! Guards! after the BBC, which had been discussing producing a weekly Guards-based TV series, rejected any idea of him having a creative say on the project. This raises the possibility that the Guards sub-series, arguably the most popular part of the Discworld series, could now be adapted by Sky instead.
Going Postal is entering production in Hungary and will be screened by Sky over Easter 2010.