Amazon Greenlights Neil Gaiman’s ‘Good Omens’

The six-part series will be the first screen adaptation of the best-selling novel.
The six-part series will be the first screen adaptation of the best-selling novel.

A six-part adaptation of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s comedic apocalyptic novel Good Omens is set heading to Amazon and BBC in 2018.

The limited series will air in six hour-long episodes. Gaiman wrote all the episodes, and will serve as showrunner. It will air first on Amazon Prime, and will be available in 200 countries. The BBC will follow, airing in the UK.

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.

Good Omens was Gaiman’s first novel. It was co-written with Pratchett, who died in 2015.

“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,” Gaiman said. “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.”

Other work

While this will be the first screen adaptation for Good Omens, it will not be the first adaptation of Gaiman’s work. Both Stardust and Coraline have been made into feature films, and The Graveyard Book seems to be in development.

BBC Radio has done radio plays of both Good Omens and Neverwhere.

In April, the highly anticipated adaptation of American Gods will air on Starz. The film adaptation of his short story, How to Talk to Girls, also opens this year.

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