It’s finally happening.
Variety announced today that Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s famous novel Good Omens will be developed into a limited run series on Amazon.
The novel takes place in the near future, as the future of humanity hangs in the balance. The battle over Earth is about to take place, and who will win? On one side, a somewhat tight-laced angel named Aziraphale, and on the other side, a comfort-loving demon named Crowley. The two are forced to take sides after the Antichrist is born to a human family–but where is he? The novel is a hilarious view about the natures of all that is good, evil, and just plain human.
Gaiman and Pratchett received much success from their novel together. Unfortunately, Pratchett died in 2015, but Good Omens had previously tried to be adapted around that time. At one point, Terry Gilliam was considered to direct the feature version of the novel.
Now Amazon has claimed the acclaimed comedy, setting a release date of 2018 on the streaming service, as well as the BBC. Gaiman spoke wistfully of the project, and gave recognition to his wonderful writing partner:
“Almost 30 years ago, Terry Pratchett and I wrote the funniest novel we could about the end of the world, populated with angels and demons . . . 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.”
Good Omens will be released in six parts and debut on Amazon Prime, followed by its release on BBC for the U.K.