Showtime has handed out a script to series commitment for an adaptation of famed fantasy drama “Gormenghast” which hails from an interesting trio of veteran talent – “Being Human” creator Toby Whithouse, celebrated author Neil Gaiman, and screenwriter Akiva Goldsman.
The trio will lead a writers room on the series which will be a co-production between Showtime and Fremantle Media, the latter whom obtained the rights to the series last April.
The five books by British author Mervyn Peake follows the inhabitants of Castle Gormenghast, a sprawling, decaying, gothic-like structure with a raft of characters including House of Groan heir Titus, scheming kitchen boy Steerpike and twin sisters Cora and Clarice.
The first two books were previously adapted into a four-part BBC series in 2000 with Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Christopher Lee.
Dante Di Loreto, Oliver Jones, Barry Spikings and David A. Stern will also executive produce the new series which falls outside of Gaiman’s overall deal with Amazon