The Watch, based on Terry Pratchett’s books, is coming in January

Terry Pratchett’s daughter and former assistant have already distanced themselves from BBC America’s upcoming adaptation of his work, but it’s still coming:

Making a show baed on Terry Pratchett’s body of work seemed like a good idea. The beloved fantasy author wrote several books about the City Watch of Ankh-Morpork, a Renaissance-era city where crime is legal, and they’re filled with fun characters fans would love to see onscreen. The cast, which includes Game of Thrones veteran Richard Dormer (Beric Dondarrion) looked pretty good. Perhaps BBC America has a hit on its hands…?

Well, they might, but the early images have repelled a lot of Discworld fans. The Ankh-Morpork of the show looks more steampunk than medieval or Renaissance-era, the character of Lady Sybil Ramkin has been aged and slimmed down even though she’s an older, bigger woman in the books…this is looking like a very loose adaptation. Even Pratchett’s own daughter and former assistant have distanced themselves from the show.

Still, it’s coming. According to The Wertzone, it’s coming in January of 2021.

At the end of the day, we can’t know if the show is good or bad before the actual episodes air. Bad early buzz doesn’t have to mean death, but it’s too bad BBC America that the show made such a bad first impression.

Next: Discworld fans aren’t happy with the first images from The Watch

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