Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s Good Omens to be adapted for TV
Good Omens, a novel written by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, is to be adapted into a television series.
Gaiman, who has been friends with the late Terry Pratchett, announced this to the surprise of many fans. Gaiman had previously stated that he did not want to adapt the novel without Pratchett, who passed away in 2015. Pratchett, however, had already given his blessing for the adaptation before his death in March last year.
Pratchett’s letter to Gaiman read, “I would very much like this to happen and I know, Neil, that you’re very very busy, but no one else could ever do it with the passion that we share for the old girl. I wish I could be more involved and I will help in any way I can.”
The novel follows demon Crowley and angel Aziraphale, battling to stop the apocalypse in a rural English village.
“Terry and I had a deal that we would only work on Good Omens things together,” commented Gaiman during a memorial event for Pratchett. “Everything that was ever written—bookmarks and tiny little things—we would always collaborate, everything was a collaboration.”
Good Omens had been adapted for audio back in 2014 and was aired on BBC Radio 4. It starred Merlin’s Colin Morgan as Newton Pulsifer, EastEnders’s Josie Lawrence as Agnes Nutter, and Peep Show’s Paterson Joseph as Famine. The adaptation also included Peter Serafinowicz from Shaun of the Dead and Mark Heap from Spaced as Crowley and Aziraphale, respectively. The book was also almost adapted as a movie in 2002, to be directed by Terry Gilliam and to be led by Robin Williams and Johnny Depp.
Good Omens was listed as part of BBC’s Big Read Nation’s 100 favorite books.
Gaiman revealed that the adaptation of the apocalyptic black comedy will span six parts. No cast and air date have been announced yet.
“I’m now 72 per cent of the way through the Good Omens scripts, and the end is in sight,” he added.
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