Simon Pegg & Nick Frost growing TV adaptation of Rivers of London
Deadline has introduced phrase that Simon Pegg (Star Trek Past) and Nick Frost (Into the Badlands) are teaming up as soon as once more to develop a TV adaptation of the bestselling fantasy novel Rivers of London by way of their manufacturing firm Stolen Image.
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Based mostly on the 2011 novel of the identical identify by Ben Aaronovitch, the story follows Police Constable Peter Grant as he’s recruited to a small department of the Metropolitan Police after encountering a ghost and turning into a wizard’s apprentice, throughout which he should resolve supernatural-driven crimes together with extraordinary folks being possessed by an unknown entity and turning into vicious killers.
In an interview with Deadline, Frost recalled how he discovered the novel whereas on vacation years in the past and was “happy to bits” that he was in a position to purchase the rights to develop it right into a TV sequence, evaluating their try at growing the trendy fantasy novel to HBO’s mammoth hit adaptation of the bestselling George R. R. Martin fantasy sequence.
“Everybody needs to doubtlessly discover the following Sport of Thrones and the prospect to show Rivers of London into an eight-hour film and hopefully discover somebody who will financially again that could be a actual draw,” Frost mentioned.
Pegg, who has change into extra of a movie star since his days on the acclaimed British sitcom Spaced, mentioned how he believed that the small display screen trade has advanced over time to inform tales in methods beforehand solely thought could possibly be completed on movie.
“Loads of books which might be made into movie are criticized for not being nearly as good because the e book, as a result of they’re contracted into one thing extra simplistic,” Pegg mentioned. “However what TV presents us now, which is a cinematic taking part in discipline, you possibly can inform these tales with scope and get into inventive element.”
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Previous to writing the novel sequence, Aaronovitch is well-known for his work writing two Physician Who serials for BBC within the late ’80s and writing their subsequent novelizations, along with three different spin-off novels of the acclaimed sci-fi franchise. The 55-year-old author revealed that makes an attempt have been made earlier than to amass the rights to his novels and adapt the story, however as a consequence of issues with studios trying adjustments to the story, he was hesitant to promote the rights till Pegg and Frost got here alongside.
“I really feel assured on a number of ranges. I’m working with creators and I do know these folks don’t like bollocks,” Aaronovitch mentioned. “[Simon and Nick] are super nerds and I don’t have to clarify issues to do them about magic, they simply get it. we have now a typical language, which we don’t have in plenty of TV corporations.”
Pegg and Frost are working intently with Aaronovitch within the present growth part, with the primary season set to adapt the primary novel into eight to 10 episodes and the trio mentioning that potential future seasons could mix a number of novels into one.