Fans of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld have been very excited as of late. BBC America is currently producing The Watch, a subset of the book series and fans are anxiously awaiting for any news to come out of the production. Well, today BBC America dropped some first look images and fans are divided.
Now first the show, according to BBC America, is an adaptation set in the “fictional city of Ankh-Morpork, where crime has been legalized, The Watch is a uniquely anarchic drama. The series centers on a group of misfit cops as they rise up from decades of helplessness to save their corrupt city from catastrophe. The Watch is an inclusive genre-bending series inspired by the legendary ‘City Watch’ subset of Sir Terry Pratchett’s bestselling “Discworld” novels and its many iconic characters.”
Cast in the new series are Game of Throne’s Richard Dormer who plays Sam Vimes, Adam Hugill is playing Constable Carrot Ironfoundersson, Jo Eaton-Kent is Constable Cheery, Marama Corlett is Corporal Angua, Lara Rossi is Lady Sybil Ramkin, and Sam Adewunmi is Carcer Dun.
The pictures released today show a very obvious stray from the source material which has left many fans not happy. The production seems to have gone with a post industrial, punk rock look rather than the book series’ more traditional fantasy look. Even though the series may not have leaned into the aesthetic that book lovers were expecting, the pictures show a very well thought out, stunning and colorful world.
Although I truly understand the heartbreak of seeing a favorite book not presented well onscreen I, myself, am fine with this. The trending “BBC is cancelled” is a bit overboard. My hope is that the series is good. The more quality fantasy on television the better. And, with The Witcher just finishing a popular Netflix run and Amazon’s Lord of the Rings theme-series and The Wheel of Time ramping up, we just may get that.
Not everyone feels this way, though. Check out the images below and also a couple Twitter threads from fans and see where your feelings land.
A lot of people seem upset at there being a Discworld adaptation that strays so far from the original setting but, honestly, I'm okay with it.
Every previous adaptation has tried to be faithful (with mixed results) so I'm not opposed to mixing it up. https://t.co/2LVvftZFTq
— Wib 'Chainsaw' Johnson (@SnipeandWibPlay) January 17, 2020
Either do a faithful adaptation of Discworld or bugger off. Don't piggyback off a much-loved IP to sell this crap. https://t.co/HCkmIHtYC4
— Angela Night (@Angelheartnight) January 17, 2020
Craig Viveiros is serving as director and executive producer on the show. Simon Allen is the lead writer and executive producer. The Watch is being co-produced by BBC America and the late author’s production company Narrativia.
Production on the eight episode series took place in Cape Town, South Africa and the show is set to premiere on BBC America’s 2020 slate alongside Doctor Who and Killing Eve.
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