David Tennant and Michael Sheen To Star in Amazon's Series Adaptation of Neil Gaiman's GOOD OMENS
Neil Gaiman has become the new Isaac Asimov of sci-fi/fantasy writers whose stories go big. He's had the good fortune of having American Gods being a success on Starz, Lucifer on Fox, and a podcast radio show Neverwhere starring Benedict Cumberbatch and James Macavoy. He writes such interesting and promising stories, and one of his best is about to be made into a series at Amazon.
Good Omens is a collaboration by Gaiman and Terry Pratchet. It's a novel about a Demon and an Angel right before the end of the world who don't want it to happen yet. It has so many of Gaiman's great storytelling sensibilities and Pratchet's brilliant comedy.
Producers of the series have cast Michael Sheen to play the angel, Aziraphale, and David Tennant as the demon, Crowley. This already sounds like so much fun. Just to see those two in a series together is one thing, but having them play off each other as a demon and an angel is truly exciting. I have loved David Tennant playing a villainous type in Jessica Jones, and now to hear him playing a demon against Michael Sheen? That just sounds like so much fun! Sheen had this to say in a statement:
“I first read ‘Good Omens’ as a teenager and it’s been one of my favourite stories ever since. To be part of the team entrusted with bringing it alive on screen is a bit of a dream come true to be honest. To work alongside Neil, who I think is one of the greatest storytellers of all time, is incredibly exciting. And, just like the rest of the world, I’m a huge fan of David’s so I relish trying to save it with him.”
The series is being co-produced by BBC Studios alongside the Blank Corporation and Narrativia, which is a production company owned by Terry Pratchet's Daughter, Rhianna. The first season will be six one-hour long episodes. I can't wait to see this come to fruition. Amazon is making some big choices, and this one should definitely pay off.