Neil Gaiman looking to bring Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast to the big screen

Looks like fantasy author Neil Gaiman is hard at work trying to bring Mervyn Peake’s beloved Gormenghast trilogy to the big screen.

The news of a potential adaptation came straight from the horse’s mouth, so to speak, when Gaiman took to Twitter to reveal plans that he was shopping around a movie to studios. The Sandman and American Gods author has apparently been a longtime fan of Mervyn Peake. Here's what he wrote:


The Gormenghast trilogy is comprised of three books: Titus Groan (1946), Gormenghast (1950) and Titus Alone (1959), which feature Castle Gormenghast and main character Titus Groan. A fourth book, Titus Awakes: The Lost Book of Gormenghast, was written in the 1970s by Mervyn Peake’s widow Maeve Gilmore and published in 2011 (to coincide with the 100th anniversary of Peake's birth) after its discovery in early 2010.

Titus and Steerpike are considered to be the main characters of the novels, even if they share the narrative with many other occupants of the castle. Although described as a fantasy work despite having no magic or supernatural elements, Gormenghast can be put in the grotesque genre, with gothic and surrealist elements. It's also considered as the first fantasy of manners.

Back in 2000, the BBC produced a Gormenghast TV series starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Steerpike, the late Sir Christopher Lee as Flay and Andrew Robertson as Titus Groan. It was based on the first two books of the trilogy. Two radio dramas (as well as a few plays) were even produced, with the most recent one airing in 2011. 

What do you think about a Gormenghast movie adaptation? Do you believe Neil Gaiman to be the right man for the job?

(via Den of Geek)

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