If you heard the sound of someone rapidly muttering “OMG OMG OMG” over and over with various squees and other sounds of hyperventilating today, it may have been due to the announcement that the funniest book about the Apocalypse has been greenlit as a miniseries for Amazon, through the BBC. If you haven’t read Good Omens, Alice Nutter has written a nice and accurate prophecy that you will likely pick up a copy soon (or so we hope).
Neil Gaiman has not only adapted the book into the six episodes of the miniseries, he is the showrunner. The show is set to air in 2018, and actually takes place during as the world sits on the edge of the Apocalypse. Don’t expect this to be a Left Behind kind of scenario. Do expect some of the funniest and most bizarre characters you could ever meet. Following Good Omens exclusive launch on Amazon Prime, it will be distributed via BBC.
Neil Gaiman was quoted by Vanity Fair:
“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…” Gaiman said. “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.”
Sadly, Terry Pratchett is not alive to see the adaptation. He passed away in 2015. Still, I feel he would have been delighted to know that his beloved novel, written with Gaiman, will finally get its miniseries debut on screen.