Amazon and BBC are teaming up to make a beloved novel into a miniseries, and we are ready to binge
If a comedy series about the coming (fictional) apocalypse sounds right up your alley, we have good news. A Good Omens miniseries by Amazon and Neil Gaiman is in the works, and it sounds like TV dreams come true. Gaiman also wrote the award-winning novel behind the American Gods TV series. That means we’re going to be seeing a lot of content from Gaiman in the next couple years. And, TBH, we’re more than fine with that.
Neil Gaiman cowrote Good Omens with Terry Pratchett in 1990. There have been numerous attempts to adapt it to film and television, but none have succeeded. Like American Gods, Good Omens is large and fantastical, which can be tough to adapt. This time, though, it seems meant to be.
“Spanning 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, said Joe Lewis, Head of Comedy and Drama, Amazon Studios. “We’re excited to be working with BBC Studios to bring Neil and Terry Pratchett’s incredible book to life and to Prime members everywhere.
The series will premiere on Prime Video. Initially, it will be available exclusively for Amazon Prime members. It will then air on the BBC, though the two studios have yet to release those dates. In the press release, Gaiman described his and Pratchett’s novel:
“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.
Based on that description alone, sign us up. Despite all the failed attempts, we’re glad Gaiman persisted in trying to get the Good Omens series made.
Gaiman continued, “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.
We sympathize with Gaiman, and wish Pratchett could see his novel come to life, too. However, we know he’d be happy to finally see it become a show. Hopefully as happy as we will be, watching it.