It was confirmed last year that Neil Gaiman was working on a TV adaptation of his and the late Sir Terry Pratchett’s classic novel Good Omens, and now there’s some big news to get excited about.
Variety reports that Amazon has greenlit a six-episode series, and that Gaiman himself has written every script and will serve as showrunner.
So, that’s pretty brilliant.
Because of the tragic logistics of how long things actually take to get made, we won’t see Good Omens until 2018, but this is truly wonderful news.
Good Omens will be a co-production with the BBC and Rhianna Pratchett’s production company Narrativia, and it will air on the BBC after launching on Amazon Video.
This adaptation will be “set in 2018 on the brink of an apocalypse as humanity prepares for a final judgment. But follies ensue — Aziraphale, a somewhat fussy angel, and Crowley, a demon aren’t enthusiastic about the end of the world, and can’t seem to find the Antichrist.”
The novel was originally published in 1990 and there have been many attempts to bring it to the big and small screen (Terry Gilliam reportedly came close with a film version, while Terry Jones attempted to develop a TV series), and we had an excellent BBC radio adaptation starring Peter Serafinowicz and Mark Heap.
Gaiman said, “Almost 30 years ago, Terry Pratchett and I wrote the funniest novel we could about the end of the world, populated with angels and demons…Three decades later, it’s going to make it to the screen. I can’t think of anyone we’d rather make it with than BBC Studios, and I just wish Sir Terry were alive to see it.”
Gaiman’s got an incredibly busy year ahead of him, as American Gods finally hits TV screens in a few months (Starz in the US, Amazon Video in the UK), and we’re delighted that he’ll be such an integral part of this. Finally, Agnes Nutter’s predictions will come to our telly.
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