Astin, Curry, Lee and Jason Do Magic


RHI Entertainment, the Mob Film Co. and Sky One have teamed for “The Colour of Magic,” a miniseries based on Terry Pratchett’s fantasy novel to star Sean Astin, Tim Curry, Christopher Lee and David Jason.

The Hollywood Reporter says the live-action/CGI project, a follow-up to the trio’s successful adaptation of Pratchett’s “Hogfather” as a miniseries last year, was written by Vadim Jean (“Hogfather”), who also is directing.

Beyond its 2008 premiere on Sky One, RHI is looking to distribute “Magic” as a theatrical movie in some territories.

RHI recently set up “Hogfather” for a U.S. debut on Ion Television as part of the RHI Movie Weekend franchise. There is no U.S. outlet yet for “Magic.”

“Magic” is the first novel in Pratchett’s series of novels set in Discworld, a flat world balanced on the backs of four elephants. It follows Discworld’s first-ever tourist, Twoflower (Astin); the inept wizard Rincewind (Jason); and their scheming nemesis Trymon (Curry).

Lee will voice Death, a prominent character in the novels.

Production on the multimillion-dollar production recently started at U.K.’s Pinewood Studios.