Is Good Omens Heading To TV?

It looks like there finally could be progress on a long-discussed adaptation of Good Omens, the 1990 novel by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman.

According to SFX magazine, Pratchett revealed at SFX Weekender 2 that the award-winning comic fantasy is set to be developed as a four-part television series. Although Pratchett offered no further details, the “semi-official blog” of Terry Jones reports that the filmmaker (and actor, historian, author and former member of Monty Python) and screenwriter Gavin Scott (Small Soldiers, The Mists of Avalon) are “in talks” to adapt the book.

Plans for an adaptation date back to at least 1999, when director Terry Gilliam and frequent collaborator Tony Grisoni were set to develop Good Omens as a $50 million film. Gilliam at one point wanted to begin filming in April 2002, but those plans fell apart, reportedly because of lack of funding. As recently as 2008 the filmmaker remained hopeful about the project, but there’s been little public movement on an adaptation until now.

Good Omens is a comedic take on the End Times, centering on the birth of the Antichrist — who, through an accidental switch at birth, is a seemingly normal boy raised by English parents — and the attempts by the angel Aziraphale and the demon Crowley to avert the biblical apocalypse.

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  • Manuelrmoreira

    I read this book just last month and loved it. It won’t be easy to adapt though. But I’m sure the TV mini-series will be great fun to watch.

  • http://twitter.com/lolosky jorge gonzalez

    call me the weird one, but i’m not really excited about Gaiman’s work being adapted; i think his work is best perceived as a one on one experience(storyteller and reader) and not something with a “mass-appeal” sense

  • Shadow Hunter

    I agree with jorge, even if they made it adapted it wont be as good as it is in your head, the miniseries will not be as good as the original, not unless it was made by the writers himself