Shortly before the debut of American Gods on Starz, another one of Neil Gaiman’s literary properties has been picked up for a series adaptation. Amazon Studios has given the greenlight to a 6-episode limited series of GOOD OMENS, the 1990 book co-written by Gaiman and the late Terry Pratchett.
The story is a comedic take on the apocalypse, which is nigh after the birth of the antichrist. Readers follow the main characters of Aziraphale and Crowley, the representatives of Heaven and Hell on Earth, respectively, who have grown accustomed to their lives among humans and attempt to sabotage the end of times so their lives won’t be disrupted.
Other shenanigans occur including a case of mistaken infant identities; the appearance of the Four Horsepersons of the Apocalypse; and prophecies written by Agnes Nutter, a 17th-century witch and only accurate prophet to ever live.
The book is a bestseller and very popular among fans of Gaiman and Pratchett alike. There have been numerous attempts to adapt the book, most notably by director Terry Gilliam.
After Pratchett’s death last spring, Gaiman announced he had written scripts for a six-part television series, which has now been picked up by Amazon. Gaiman will also serve as showrunner on the series, which is being co-produced by BBC, The Blank Corporation, and Narrativia, the production company established by Pratchett’s daughter, Rhianna Pratchett.
The series is set to debut in 2018 on Prime.
Gaiman is the author of various books and comics, such as Stardust, which became a 2007 movie directed by Matthew Vaughn; The Sandman, currently in development at Warner Bros.; and The Ocean at the End of the Lane, to be directed by Joe Wright. He’s also currently writing adaptations of Journey to the West and The Black Hole.
Anya Crittenton | Associate Editor