Amazon Studios has announced that they have ordered Good Omens, a TV series adaptation of the late Terry Pratchett (“Discworld” book series) and Neil Gaiman‘s (American Gods) Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch.
The adaptation will be a limited comedy series, which will run for six hour-long episodes. It will premiere in 2018 exclusively on Amazon’s Prime Video all around the world, and will air on the BBC in the UK sometime after its Prime premiere. Co-producing is BBC Studios along with Narrativia, the production company launched by Pratchett in 2012, and Gaiman’s The Blank Corporation, in association with BBC Worldwide.
Here’s a description of the story from the press release:
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 worldâ€™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 demonâ€”both of whom have lived amongst Earthâ€™s mortals since The Beginning and have grown rather fond of the lifestyleâ€”are not actually looking forward to the coming war. Andâ€¦someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.
Of the announcement, Amazon Studios head of comedy and drama Joe Lewis said:
â€œSpanning 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. Weâ€™re excited to be working with BBC Studios to bring Neilâ€™s and Terry Pratchettâ€™s incredible book to life and to Prime members everywhere.â€
Gaiman also released a statement, saying:
â€œAlmost 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 peopleâ€™s favourite book. Three decades later, itâ€™s going to make it to the screen. I canâ€™t think of anyone weâ€™d rather make it with than BBC Studios, and I just wish Sir Terry were alive to see it.â€
Finally, BBC Studios head of comedy Chris Sussman said:
â€œGood Omens has always been one of my favourite books, and itâ€™s hugely exciting not just to be able to bring it to life, but to do so with scripts from Neil Gaiman himself. It feels like a good time to be making a comedy about an impending global apocalypse.â€
In addition to penning all six scripts for the TV adaptation, Gaiman will also be serving as showrunner. He executive produces along with Sussman (Fleabag), Caroline Skinner (Doctor Who), and Rob Wilkins (Choosing to Die) and Rod Brown (Going Postal) for Narrativia.
This adds to Gaiman’s current TV projects, which include the upcoming Starz TV series adaptation of his novel American Gods, and The Building at Fox.
If you’ve never read Good Omens and are interested in doing so while you wait for 2018 to arrive, you can grab a copy right here.
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