Neil Gaiman and Akiva Goldsman are reportedly teaming up on a TV adaptation of Mervyn Peake’s sprawling five-novel series “Gormenghast” which FremantleMedia North America has secured the rights to.
The story follows 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 project will mark the first television adaptation of the books since the BBC turned the first two books into a four-part series in 2000 starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Christopher Lee. FremantleMedia is behind the Starz adaptation of his fantasy novel “American Gods”.
Barry Spikings (“The Deer Hunter”) and David Stern (“Howards End”) are also set to executive produce with a showrunner to be selected shortly.