Producers reunite for 'Magic' act

5:00 AM PST 07/31/2007 by Nellie Andreeva, AP

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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 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.

" 'Hogfather' was an unparalleled success in every way we could have imagined, which makes it even more exciting to see that with this unbelievable cast already on board, 'The Colour of Magic' is set to go even further beyond our expectations," said Richard Woolfe, director of programs at Sky One, Two and Three.

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

"I'm honored to be given the chance to make the part of Twoflower my own, starring in a fantasy tale that has captured the imagination of millions of people around the world," Astin said.

Jason, who starred in "Hogfather," also will serve as an executive producer on "Magic."

Also exec producing are Rod Brown and Ian Sharples for the Mob Film, Elaine Pyke and Sarah Conroy for Sky One and Robert Halmi Sr. and Robert Halmi Jr. for RHI. All six worked on "Hogfather."

Astin, who recurred last season on Fox's "24," next will be seen in the feature "The Final Season." He is repped by Innovative Artists and attorney Dave Feldman.
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