Boyle may Adapt Pratchett
Danny Boyle may switch from zombies to fantasy as his next project may well be an animated adaptation of Terry Pratchett’s Truckers. He will collaborate on the screenplay with Millions scribe Frank Cottrell Boyce.
Boyle told Coming Soon that Truckers, the first volume of the Bromeliad trilogy, will be done in association with DreamWorks, which acquired rights to the books in 2001. "[Animation is] a weird different discipline, it’s very strange," Boyle told the website. "You’re more like a ringmaster, kind of organizing this huge army of illustrators who can change the movie. It’s really weird. They often do scripts and they have no gags in them at all, but then you see the finished film and it’s full of funny gags, and they say that it’s not in the script, that all comes through the process of the animators. It’s like learning the skill of letting certain ones of them off their leash to do the gags."
Truckers was first published in 1989, followed in 1990 with Diggers and Wings. The story features Nomes, little beings coexisting on Earth with humans who eventually learn of their origins and work towards returning “home”.