Oscar winning screenwriter/producer Akiva Goldsman ("A Beautiful Mind") and Neil Gaiman ("American Gods") continue developing author Mervyn Peake's five "Gormenghast" novels, set in a huge castle, into a TV series for FremantleMedia (North America):
Peake originally wrote three novels in the series including "Titus Groan" (1946), "Gormenghast" (1950)...
...and "Titus Alone" (1959), before his death in 1968.
In addition, Peake's novella "Boy in Darkness" (1956) and "Titus Awakes" (2009), a posthumously published novel completed and published by Peake's widow, will also be adapted.
"There is nothing in literature like Mervyn Peake's remarkable 'Gormenghast' novels," said Gaiman.
"They were crafted by a master, who was also an artist, and they take us to an ancient castle as big as a city, with heroes and villains and people larger than life that are impossible to forget. There is a reason why there were two trilogies that lovers of the fantasy genre embraced in the Sixties: 'Lord of the Rings' and the 'Gormenghast' books. It's an honor to have been given the opportunity to help shepherd Peake's brilliant and singular vision to the screen..."
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