Pratchett sets up production company

Narrativia develops fantasy skeins, pix

LONDON — British fantasy scribe Terry Pratchett has launched production company Narrativia, which will have exclusive film and TV rights to his bestsellers.

Founded with former Prime Focus Prods. topper Rod Brown, projects in development include “The Watch,” a police procedural series based on characters from “Discworld,” his hugely popular genre series.

The 13-part skein, budgeted at £2 million ($3.2 million) an episode, is being written by former Monty Python star Terry Jones and Guy Burt, a writer on Showtime’s “The Borgias.” It has yet to be picked up.

Pratchet, whose books have sold more than 70 million copies worldwide, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2008 but continues to write.

Brown said, “Terry’s in good shape. He is writing some of his best ever stuff, including the recently published ‘Dodger,’ which is a bestseller.”

Brown and Pratchett worked together at Mob Films, the shingle behind BSkyB’s adaptations of the author’s “The Hogfather,” “The Colour of Magic” and “Going Postal.”

The new company will be run by Brown, Pratchett’s daughter Rhianna Pratchett, and his business manager Rob Wilkins.

Each will take an equal stake in Narrativia, named after a deity created by the novelist who smiles down on writers.

In a statement, Pratchett said: “I look forward to working closely with the team to develop new stories in areas other than just print and e-books and, of course, seeing my first bigscreen project come to fruition.”

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