The Color of Magic, television movie, will air on ION on March 22nd. I'm not a big Pratchett fan at all, but I'm considering marking my calendar just the same, and begging a few friends for their DVR copies. Tim Curry is playing Da Bad Guy (Trymon)! yay!
ION Television and RHI Entertainment have announced the U.S. television premiere of The Color of Magic, a four-hour production premiering on ION Television on Sunday, March 22 at 7:00 p.m. ET.
Based on the first two books in best-selling author Terry Pratchett’s hugely popular Discworld series, The Color of Magic stars Oscar nominee Sean Astin (The Lord of the Rings trilogy), Emmy nominee Tim Curry (Rocky Horror Picture Show) and David Jason. Emmy Award winner Brian Cox serves as the narrator and Christopher Lee takes on the vocal role of Death.
Discworld, a magical realm, has its first tourist! Rincewind (David Jason), an incompetent and cynical wizardry student, has recently been expelled from Unseen University and been given the task of guiding Twoflower (Sean Astin) through the city-state of Ankh Morpork. The two are forced to flee the city after a terrible fire and are sent on a fantastical journey across the Disc, which is unknowingly being controlled by a board game played by the Gods.
Along the way Rincewind encounters a few problems, not the least of which is, as an expert coward, he doesn't feel he's the best person to guard a naïve, extremely rich tourist through one of the roughest cities in the multiverse. Then, of course, Rincewind experiences a vicious and bloody struggle with his arch-enemy, the power-hungry maniac Trymon (Tim Curry). Oh, and the world is coming to an end.
This critically acclaimed production, which first debuted overseas, received rave reviews from the British press. TV Easy called it “visually stunning”; “Menacing performances from Tim Curry and Jeremy Irons are great.” – TV Times; “With a starry cast, it’s a wild adventure through a land full of magic and mystery.” – TV Choice; “The two-part adventure will have you spellbound.” – We Love Telly; and “It’s the Lord of the Rings with a comic twist.” – Bella.
Attracting over a million viewers, The Color of Magic first broadcast on Sky One, a UK entertainment TV channel, in March of 2008. The two-part television adaptation was well received by fans, garnering Sky One's highest performing program to date and scoring the largest audiences for the network since Hogfather aired in December of 2006.