Monday, November 1, 2010

MORT Info...

Yeah, but is it a musical!???




Well???
I thought since it was finally revealed I would clarify a few things about Ron & John's new film...

First off, patience should be expected as it's very early in development. They've just recently secured the rights to it so there hasn't been a lot done. These films take about three years to churn out so it'll be at least that long before you see it. That means 2013 at the earliest. And for my opinion, it won't be out then. More likely it'll be 2014. The way it looks right now, the picture that will likely be positioned for 2013 is "Reboot Ralph." It's much further along in development and therefore closer to actually getting animated. Secondly, it appears that Progress City wasn't the only one reporting on this, as Bleeding Cool has gotten info of its own.

Now, as for the story of Terry Pratchett's book, here are some bullet points. Those that don't want to know spoilers can stop here.

- The writing style of Pratchett is said to be a combination of the humor of Douglas Adams and the fantasy of J.R.R. Tolkien.

- Mort is the fourth book in a 38 book series set in a world/realm called Discworld.

- The Discworld is a fantasy realm that is flat and sits atop four elephants that stand atop a giant turtle (very metaphysical, eh?).

- The lead character is a young man named Mort who thinks too much and his father takes him to a form of job fair to find someone to apprentice with. No one takes him until right before midnight when a figure in a dark robe shows up on a white horse looking for an assistant.

- This is Death, whom will figure in many Discworld novels. He takes Mort and has him usher souls from this world to the next.

- This story has a princess, her name is Keli and Mort falls for her, thus creating the story's dilemma. He saves her from death and alters the reality of Discworld.

- He ultimately battles Death for Keli and loses. But Death spares her and turns the altered reality that Mort caused into a pearl which Mort has the responsibility to guard.

And if you want to know anything else, here are plenty of Wiki links that you can indulge yourself with...

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great info! Looks like I have a lot of books to read.

Off to the library tomorrow.

Marion Cobretti said...

Why don't they start with the first book?

Anonymous said...

Would anyone else love to see "Death" added to the list of Disney villains??

Bob D said...

As an aside, it seems like you've mentioned "Reboot Ralph" a number of times now, but haven't really told us anything about the story yet that I recall. Isn't it time to give us at least a little hint at what that one is about?

Anonymous said...

Death isn't a villain in this or any of the Discworld books.

Conscientious Objector said...

What would you call someone that you had to fight for your loves life? A hero? I think villain is as close as you can get. Certainly wouldn't call him an adversary.

Anonymous said...

Death. Is. Not. A. Villain.

And people criticize Disney for being close minded.

Anonymous said...

Death is in a lot of Discworld books and is not the bad guy. If anything he is kind of a good guy. Check out his Wikipedia page - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_(Discworld)

Anonymous said...

Death is not a villian, he just has an unpopular job. If you don't want to read Discworld, may I suggest Sky's adaptations of Hogfather, Colour of Magic/Light Fantastic, and Going Postal

nikaratrenal said...

Agreed with DEATH not being a villain. He just has rules that he has to follow to keep reality from bending.

Why not the first book? Frankly, I don't really like the first three all that much. The thing that must be understood about discworld is that each book doesn't necessarily directly follow each other. There are sets of characters in the world that sometimes interact, but each set has it's own story line. Mort is the first book in the Death storyline.

Anonymous said...

Death is totally a villain in the first and possibly second Rincewind books. At least, he's an antagonist, and is disappointed when Rincewind fails to keep his appointments. He chills out considerably in Mort, after experiencing a bit of life, and even more so in Reaper Man.

Merus said...

"Why don't they start with the first book?"

The first three books aren't really representative of the rest of the series. Mort is usually accepted as the point where Discworld finds its identity. They'd be able to borrow subplot ideas from the later books and have it fit seamlessly in, but they wouldn't be able to go much earlier.

darthjasper said...

As I am excited about a little more popularity this will bring to Pterry on this side of the pond, I can't help but lament that they didn't start with the Tiffany Aching stories. I would love to see Pixar take on the Wee Free Men!

Anonymous said...

Oh dear, no no no, I can see many bad things happening already. Sky already does adaptations which usually don't turn out too great, and that's with Terry standing behind it (and also featured in it, some way or another). Disney's probably going to change it to some sappy story that's nothing like the actual book! I hope not of course, but knowing Disney's history...oh dear oh dear oh dear D: