How Awesome Will the Good Omens TV Adaptation Be?
Remember that time when Neil Gaiman said he was scripting a six-part Good Omens TV adaptation? Well, it’s still happening, and even better, we’ll only have to wait until next year to enjoy it. THR is saying that Amazon and the BBC will be distributing it, and BBC Studios will be co-producing it with Narrativia and The Blank Corporation.
In addition to writing the six-part limited series, Gaiman will also be serving as the showrunner and an executive producer. Regarding the project, Gaiman said that “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.“
Chris Sussman, the BBC Studios Head of Comedy (love to have that title) echoed the sentiment, adding that Good Omens is one of this favorite novels, and jokingly added that it may be a good time for a comedy about the coming apocalypse. Joe Lewis, Amazon Studios Head of Comedy and Drama (I guess there’s not enough comedy at Amazon yet, so one man can handle all of it, plus more) added that with a story spanning not only the universe but all time as well, that Gaiman “has created a story that may be the largest ever told on television.“
And, hopefully, we’ll be getting some American Gods soon to give us our Gaiman fix and tide us over until next year.
Original Post: 4-19-16 Neil Gaiman Working on a Good Omens TV Adaptation
Back in 1990, two of the greatest fantasy authors of our time, Neil Gaiman and the recently deceased Sir Terry Pratchett, co-wrote Good Omens, a book about nothing less than the End of Times.
“According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (the world’s only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655, before she exploded), 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, frogs are falling, tempers are flaring. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except a somewhat fussy angel and 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 Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist . . .”
And since then, there have been pretty consistent rumors regarding both a Good Omens TV adaptation or film adaptation of the novel. Gaiman, however, has consistently refuted the rumors, saying he would never allow an adaptation to happen without the input of his dear friend Pratchett. As he told the audience at a recent Terry Pratchett memorial at the Barbican Theater in London, “Terry and I had a deal that we would only work on Good Omens things together. Everything that was ever written – bookmarks and tiny little things – we would always collaborate, everything was a collaboration. So, obviously, no.”
But all of that appears to have changed, and work will now be moving forward with a six-part Good Omens TV adaptation. So what changed Gaiman’s mind? Approval from Pratchett. Apparently, Gaiman received a posthumous letter from Pratchett, encouraging him to go ahead and write the adaptation himself. Gaiman told the audience, “At that point, I think I said, ‘You bastard, yes.”
This is great news for fans of Pratchett, and not the only thing to look forward to. Rihanna Pratchett (the author’s daughter) is working on a feature film adaptation of “The Wee Free Men.” And during the memorial, it was also confirmed that screenwriter Terry Rossio (Pirates of the Caribbean, The Mask of Zorro) will be writing an adaptation of his 1987 Discworld novel Mort .
So, what does everyone think? Is Rossio the right man to adapt Mort? What other Pratchett novel would you like to see adapted?
Image: BBC / Sean Phillips
It looks like Marvel will have their hands full once again as they prepare to launch the Iron Fist series, the Defender series, and the Punisher series with Netflix, the Inhumans with ABC, and Legion with FX next year. If I’m being honest, though, I’m most excited for the Halo series. It only makes sense to have Spielberg in control of such an epic series! I’m glad it’s happening (please, please let it happen), ya know, eventually!
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