i'd love to see the watch books on screen, with robert lyndsay as vimes. he'd be awesome. they have such a cinematic feel to them, just classic crime thrillers in the discworld universe, and the action/fight scenes would be really good fun.
it would be nice to see a hogfather sequel, but i agree with malkmus that it would be too confusing for people who don't read discworld much, or at all.
Although I love the discworld series of books, I have found the attempts to put them to film (be it the hogfarther or the animated) missing something, yes they tell the story, but they lack the humour, maybe its the way that his highly discriptive writting style works that conjours up imagies in our minds, backed up by his footnotes, that simply prove extreamly difficulot to translate to film.
I agree that the discworld books don't work well on screen (i personally couldn't stand the Hogfather adaptation), however if any of the Watch books were to be put to film Pete Postlethwaite would make a great Vimes.
Agreed. Half the humour in the books is in the footnotes and the descriptive writing. Films can't put this over. Oddly enough Monstrous Regiment probably would transfer to film very well - for the reasons that make it one of his less sucessful productions.
I think Guards Guards would work, I'm not sure Colour of Magic would as I think its lacking compared to the Light Fantastic, however I suppose you could say its the Fellowship of the Ring compared to the Two Towers and Return of the King.
Also a cinematic version of Mort and Wyrd Sisters would probably work, but more in a TV production compared to a big screen.
I'd have David Jason as Vimes, Peter Kay as Nobby (he would be comic genius) and how about Alan Rickman as Lord vetinari (I'm thinking of his performance as the Sheriff of Nottingham and Snape in Harry Potter)
The problem with David Jason as Vimes is the inevitable comparison between Frost and Vimes (even though they're nothing alike the critics wouldn't be able to help themselves).
I think the idea of Alan Rickman as Vetinari is inspired. Imagine if Peter Jackson came in as the director of say the witches or the watch stories. If he did with the Pratchett stories what he did with Lord of the Rings - wow. Of course that would also depend on backers stumping up the money and giving him the freedom to do his magic
I really dislike David Jason, and as Albert Malich he came near to ruining 'Hogfather' for me, although the other characters managed to put in good enough performances (some excellent performances actually) to make it worth watching. The ideal Albert would have been Walter Sparrow - but Death caught up with him a few years ago, which was a pity; he was a fine actor (unlike David Jason).
I think I must agree with Mr Ross J Burton - The Discworld is a difficult proposition when it comes to translating to film. Possibly it's because it is perceived as 'humourous' - the animation version of 'Weird Sisters' definitely suffered because the director thought the characters should be funny; perhaps he should have had a word with Esmeralda Weatherwax beforehand, she would have put him right. the Discworld is only amusing from the outside, to the inhabitants themselves life is a serious business, and any actor trying to portray them should definitely 'play it straight'.
Peter Kay is good in everything I've seen him do, but I would say he's more of a Colon than a Nobby. Alan Rickman would be an excellent Vetinari, and yes - inspired - Pete Postlethwaite is perfect as Mr Vimes!
I have to agree that I cannot really see a way to translate the descriptive text of the Discworld books onto the silver screen, narrative would go some way towards it but has the ever present danger of overshadowing the story.
And Hugh Laurie for Vimes, the character of House strikes me as almost identical to that of Vimes, and he has impeccable comedic timing.
The problem with transferring anything from book to screen is that sometimes you lose a lot of the story to fit it into a given timeslot. Hogfather definately suffered from this, and I ended up having to explain most of the story to my wife who was watching it with me. But if they are going to end up on Sky then we may as well try to end up with the best cast possible. I totally agree with the idea of Robert Lyndsay as miserable old Sam Vimes, and Alan Rickman as Vetinari. But who would best play Nobby Nobbs - the man barely part of the human race?
Judi Dench as granny, Dawn French as Nanny Ogg, Keira Knightly as Magrat. Alan Rckman IS Vetinari, CGI version of Nobby or Paul Kaye, the bigger bloke from Pascoe and Dalziel as Sarge Colon. Need to think about Vimes!!!!!
What???!!! No way. Maggie Smith for Granny Weatherwax, That little woman who played prof sprout in Harry Potter for Nanny Ogg and that droopy Alice off Vicar of Dibley for Magrat! Come on people! Btw - Pete Postlethwaite is perfect for Vimes and the Vimes illustration in Where's my cow? is practically a caricature of him (although I can't help thinking Harrison Ford would be a fab Stoneface). Vetinari - in the realms of fantasy maybe - (no pun intended) but I reckon Jeremy Irons would be cool. David Jason is way too old for Rincewind. Paul Kaye would be better. Gotta say though - first time I've read any of these discussion thingies and it's riveting! Peter Kay as Colon could work.