Neil Gaiman's GOOD OMENS Is Being Adapted as a TV Miniseries for Amazon
Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s novel Good Omens is finally going to get its long-awaited adaptation. At one point Terry Gilliam was supposed to direct a film based on the story with Robin Williams and Johnny Depp starring in it, but it never happened.
Amazon Studios has now picked it up, and they will develop it as a limited 6-part comedy series with each episode being an hour long. Gaiman is set to write the entire series, and he's also going to be the showrunner, so fans are going to get the purest adaptation possible. If you're not familiar with the story, here's the description:
Good Omens takes place in 2018 when the Apocalypse is near and Final Judgment is set to descend upon humanity. According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter Witch (the world’s only completely accurate book of prophecies), the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just before dinner.
So the armies of Good and Evil are amassing, Atlantis is rising, and tempers are flaring. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except Aziraphale, a somewhat fussy angel, and Crowley, a fast-living demon—both of whom have lived amongst Earth’s mortals since The Beginning and have grown rather fond of the lifestyle—are not actually looking forward to the coming war. And… someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.
Ya gotta love a good comedy about an impending global apocalypse! Gaiman said about the series in a statement:
“Almost thirty years ago, Terry Pratchett and I wrote the funniest novel we could about the end of the world, populated with angels and demons, not to mention an eleven-year old Antichrist, witchfinders and the four horsepeople of the Apocalypse. It became many people’s favourite book. 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.”
Joe Lewis, Head of Comedy and Drama, Amazon Studios added:
“Spanning not only the universe but also the entirety of time, Neil Gaiman has created a story that may be the largest ever told on television. We’re excited to be working with BBC Studios to bring Neil and Terry Pratchett’s incredible book to life and to Prime members everywhere.”
It's exciting to see that this story will finally be brought to life, and I think doing it as a limited series is the best and most effective way to properly pull it off. With Gaiman leading the charge and steering the ship on this production, I'm sure it's going to be great! I'm curious to see who they end up casting in the series.