Terry Pratchett's Wee Free Men coming to the big screen from Jim Henson Company

The Discworld-set story Wee Free Men, from legendary author Terry Pratchett, is coming to the big screen.

Entertainment Weekly reports the Jim Henson Company has partnered with Narrativia to develop a film based on the novel. The script is being written by Pratchett’s daughter Rhianna, a prominent video game writer (Tomb Raider, Rise of the Tomb Raider), so it certainly seems to be in talented hands with a strong grasp of the universe and the man who created it.

If you’re unfamiliar with the story, Wee Free Men follows Tiffany Aching, a young witch who faces an impending, nightmarish threat from the monsters of Fairyland — armed with nothing more than her wits and a frying pan. She puts together a ragtag team of 6-inch-tall men (the Nac Mac Feegles) to help battle the evil Queen of Fairyland.

“I’ve loved the Jim Henson Company’s work all my life,” Rhianna said in a statement. “[I]t’s a great honor to team up with them and bring Wee Free Men to the big screen.”

This might not be the most obvious work for a film adaptation, but it certainly has the bones and potential for a great story. Throw in the extensive expertise of the Jim Henson Company (The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth), and it should have a unique look to match Pratchett’s vision. 

No word on when production might ramp up, or when we’ll hear anything on casting. But the project appears to be on the right track.

(Via Entertainment Weekly)

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