It looks like it is official: Terry Pratchett's first two novels The Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic are being filmed as a two-in-one movie. Following the success of Hogfather, SKY Network has apparently doubled the budget, which is a good thing because Hogfather occasionally suffered for its low budget, and The Mob's Vadim Jean is again directing.
Both novels are extremely lightweight, so it shouldn't be hard to turn the two of them into a single screenplay. Obviously a lot of scenes and characters are going to have to be dropped, but I can live with that. I do hope they manage to keep Hrun's speaking sword.
Details at this time are very thin on the ground, although rumour has it that Sir David Jason is going to play Rincewind. Sir David is a fine actor, and can play many roles wonderfully, but having him play Rincewind would be the second-most egregious example of miscasting ever. So let's hope the rumours are mistaken.
The most egregious example of miscasting ever, surely, is the suggestion that The 40 Year Old Virgin star Steve Carell should play Twoflower.
Although... [grits teeth] ... Japanese tourists were very much a 1980s thing, but clueless, obnoxious American tourists are an eternal truth. Maybe that makes a kind of sense?
Nah. The important thing about Twoflower is his child-like innocence. Who else should play Twoflower but Masi Oka?
As for Rincewind, I give my vote for Pirates of the Caribbean actor Mackenzie Crook. The man was born to play cowardly, moth-eaten, skinny anti-hero Rinso the Wizzard.
Paul Kidby writes in his blog that he will have a cameo in the film. (That story hasn't been archived yet, but when it is, it will probably end up in the archive for June.)