Author Neil Gaiman has been involved in the adaptations of his own works, but now he will be joining the production team of an adaptation of someone else’s work.
Gaiman will join Akiva Goldsman and several others to bring The Gormenghast Series to life, with the show taking its title from the second book, Gormenghast. Originally a trilogy that later expanded after author Mervyn Peake’s death, it follows the inhabitants of Gormenghast castle, specifically the character Titus, who longs to know what life is like outside the walls of the castle.
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This type of story fits in well with Gaiman’s wheelhouse, which features the kind of high-fantasy mixed with odd humor that defines both Good Omens and American Gods. Gormenghast has originally been adapted by BBC. Gaiman talked about the other adaptation to Deadline and how his version will be different:
The joy of trying to describe Gormenghast to people is one where words will fail you and that’s why there have been people who wanted to film Gormenghast ever since Peake wrote the first book. The BBC once tried but they were all making it in times when depicting the impossible on the screen was too difficult. The great thing now is that we can make it and actually show it and take you there. We are now in a world where you can put the impossible on screen and with Gormenghast, you’re not just dealing with a castle the size of a city but dealing with these incredibly glorious and memorable people.”
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