We truly are living in an age of quality television. Of course, a bit part of that has to do with the fact that networks have grown comfortable with the idea of limited series and serialized storytelling, and as a result, it’s opened the floodgates on the types of stories that can be adapted to the small screen. For example, last weekend saw the release of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, a show that wouldn’t have lasted in the mid-2000s by virtue of the fact that it has a beginning, a middle, and an end. Back in 2004, filmmakers shoehorned the story into a movie (a medium generally characterized by having beginnings, middles, and ends), and while the movie was decent, it wasn’t the same story as the books.
Similarly, author Neil Gaiman is getting his books looked at more and more, thanks to this new climate. American Gods has been in production over at Starz for a while, and now, thanks to a new report from Variety, we now know that Good Omens, another one of his books, is getting the TV treatment.
According to the outlet, the Gaiman and Terry Pratchet-penned story will debut in 2018 from Amazon studios. The real cool bit of news is that it will run as a six-episode limited series, and that Gaiman himself will serve as writer and showrunner of the whole shebang. In fact, Gaiman has already adapted all six episodes.
If you’re unfamiliar with the source material, Variety describes the story as follows:
“The show is set in 2018 on the brink of an apocalypse as humanity prepares for a final judgment. But follies ensue — Aziraphale, a somewhat fussy angel, and Crowley, a demon aren’t enthusiastic about the end of the world, and can’t seem to find the Antichrist.”
On this development, Gaiman stated the following:
“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.”
BBC Studios? You thought I said Amazon, right? Well, Amazon Prime Video will have an exclusive launch of the series, and following that launch, the show will air on the BBC in the U.K. BBC Worldwide will have first-run rights for all markets where Prime Video isn’t a thing.
Admittedly, Good Omens is one of those books I never got around to reading. It’s sat on my bookshelf for years at the behest of an hold roommate, but as a fan of Gaiman’s work, I can’t help but get excited about the prospect. Not only will this be a great opportunity to see a unique story on the small screen, but it’ll be great to see Gaiman get involved as a TV showrunner. Given the the sheer number of his work that’s been adapted, and his overall involvement with film and TV in general, it’s a wonder this hasn’t happened sooner.
What do you think of this news? Are you looking forward to see Good Omens, or are you, like me, relying strictly on the talent involved to get excited? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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