How interesting! According to Deadline, Gormenghast is coming to the small screen thanks to Neil Gaiman and Akiva Goldman. It may be the first time you’ve heard of the series and I don’t blame you! That’s because it’s a much older series.
The novels are set around the inhabitants in the Gormenghast Castle, a gothic, sprawling castle by ominionous mountains of the same name. While the series isn’t quite fantasy as we know it today, with it’s setting in pseudo-medievalism and atmosphere, it’s been classified as such. There’s 3 novels, one debated novella & a posthumous novel released. The first novel, Titus Groan, was released in 1946 so you can understand why you may not have heard about it. Gaiman expressed his excitement in this new adaption.
There is nothing in literature like Mervyn Peake’s remarkable Gormenghast novels. They were crafted by a master, who was also an artist, and they take us to an ancient castle as big as a city, with heroes and villains and people larger than life that are impossible to forget. There is a reason why there were two trilogies that lovers of the fantasy genre embraced in the Sixties: Lord of the Rings, and the Gormenghast books. It’s an honor to have been given the opportunity to help shepherd Peake’s brilliant and singular vision to the screen.
But this isn’t the first time the series from Mervyn Peake has been made into an adaptaion. There was a BBC mini series in the early 2000s starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Christopher Lee. While that series was only based on the first two novels, this adaptation seems to be based on the entire thing. We haven’t learned too much about it and admittedly, I’ve never read it. But color me curious with this! We have no release date nor network but we have passion behind the project and that’s all we need.
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