“Being Human” creator and “Doctor Who” writer Toby Whithouse is set to pen and executive produce a new adaptation of fantasy drama “Gormenghast” for Fremantle Media.
“American Gods” author Neil Gaiman and “Fringe” producer Akiva Goldsman will team with Whithouse on the project as executive producers alongside Barry Spikings (“The Deer Hunter”) and David A. Stern (“Howards End”).
Fremantle won a hotly contested battle in April to option the five books in the series penned by British author Mervyn Peake. The story 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.