The Neil Gaiman-Produced GORMENGHAST Adaptation Will Be Written By The Creator of BEING HUMAN
If you’re a fan of the Gormenghast fantasy novel series by Mervyn Peake, you may be happy to hear that the adaptation will be written by Toby Whithouse who writes for Doctor Who. He will also executive produce the series alongside Neil Gaiman, Akiva Goldsman, Barry Spikings, and David A. Stern. The adaptation is being developed by the U.S. division of Fremantle with Oliver Jones overseeing it.
The books follow the “inhabitants of Castle Gormenghast, a sprawling, decaying, gothic-like structure with a raft of characters including Titus, the heir to the throne of the House of Groan, scheming kitchen boy Steerpike and twin sisters Cora and Clarice.”
The first two books were previously adapted into a four-part series by the BBC and starred Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Christopher Lee. Is there anyone you’d cast for this new adaptation?
Here's a description of the book series and the story that it tells.
A doomed lord, a scheming underling, an ancient royal family plagued by madness and intrigue - these are the denizens of ancient, sprawling, tumbledown Gormenghast Castle. Within its vast halls and serpentine corridors, the members of the Groan dynasty and their master Lord Sepulchrave grow increasingly out of touch with a changing world as they pass their days in unending devotion to meaningless rituals and arcane traditions. Meanwhile, an ambitious kitchen boy named Steerpike rises by devious means to the post of Master of the Ritual while he maneuvers to bring down the Groans. Breathtaking in its power and drenched in dark atmosphere, humor and intrigue, The Gormenghast Novels is a classic, one of the great works of 20th century British literature.