Neil Gaiman’s TV adaptation of his book Good Omens, written with his late friend and collaborator Terry Pratchett, has been picked up by Amazon Studios for a worldwide release in 2018.
Gaiman, who is also serving as showrunner on the series, has written all six one-hour episodes. The show, which has been co-produced with BBC Studios, will premiere in 2018 on Amazon’s streaming service Prime Video, and will be broadcast on the BBC in the UK soon afterwards.
The fantasy comedy follows Aziraphale, an angel, and Crowley, a devil, who team up to prevent the apocalypse when the antichrist is reborn as a child in rural Britain. The adaptation, based on Gaiman and Pratchett’s 1990 bestseller, will bring the setting forward to the year 2018.
“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,” Amazon’s description of the series reads.
“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 among 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.”
In statement, Gaiman said: “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, not to mention an 11-year old antichrist, witchfinders and the four horsepeople of the Apocalypse. 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.”
Gaiman revealed that the series was being developed last year to a crowd of fans at a memorial service for Pratchett. The much-loved author of more than 70 popular fantasy books and creator of the Discworld universe, Pratchett died in 2015.
Head of comedy at BBC Studios Chris Sussman said: “Good Omens has always been one of my favourite books, and it’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.”
Good Omens has previously been adapted for BBC Radio 4. A film adaptation, directed by Terry Gilliam and starring Johnny Depp as Crowley and Robin Williams as Aziraphale, was proposed to Hollywood in the early 2000s but was never green-lit.