Last year it was announced that BBC America would take on the task to adapt one of the most beloved storylines within the late Sir Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series. After seeing these few images I, and many, many other Discworld fans, know this adaptation is an utter failure from the start.
You can take a look at the images on the BBC America website for yourself. If you are familiar with City Watch storyline of Discworld I defy you to be left feeling anything other than angry bewilderment. This is supposed to Ankh-Morpork. Where is their armour? Why is there electric lights? And why is Constable Cheery non-binary? The cast looks like they should be roaming the streets of the BAMA Sprawl. And no Nobly or Colon? What are they thinking?
The twittersphere has not been shy of making their displeasure known to BBC America and even Terry’s daughter Rhianna Pratchett, and long time assistant and friend Rob Wilkins, while not directly involved, have wryly distanced themselves from the project.
Rather than adapting Discworld the project is now inspired by Discworld. Well that changes everything, right? It’s just a load of pants. I don’t want to waste any more time with this project because it doesn’t deserve it any more.
Thank you BBC America for showing how ridiculous you are and how badly you do things. I can only hope that this travesty in the making is burned before it’s ever aired. I know I won’t be watching.