The late, great Sir Terry Pratchett’s novel about tiny blue Scottish men who wear kilts and speak in Glaswegian accents is to get a big screen adaptation.
The Wee Free Men, published in 2003, follows a 9-year-old girl who encounters the boisterous creatures, called ‘Nac Mac Feegles’, with names like Big Yan and Daft Wullie.
Rhianna Pratchett, daughter of Sir Terry, is to write the script for the film.
Excitingly, it is being produced by The Jim Henson Company, creators of The Muppets, The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth, so some wonderful old-school fantasy puppetry could well be afoot.
Current Mood. https://t.co/LShNwfnmjt
— Rhianna Pratchett (@rhipratchett) July 19, 2016
The official announcement reads:
“Armed with only a frying pan and her common sense, [a] young witch-to-be must defend her home against the monsters of Fairyland. Luckily she has some very unusual help: the local Nac Mac Feegles…a clan of fierce, sheep-stealing, sword-wielding, six-inch-high blue men. Together they must face headless horsemen, ferocious grimhounds, terrifying dreams come true, and ultimately the most powerful force of all – the Queen.”
An acclaimed figure in storytelling for video games and comics, Rhianna Pratchett has recently begun to branch out into film and television – and The Wee Free Men movie is sure to be an eagerly-anticipated project.
Main image: Wee Free Men cover art