Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s ‘Good Omens’ Greenlit to Series at Amazon
Neil Gaiman (American Gods) and Terry Pratchett’s (Colour of Magic) acclaimed 1990 fantasy-comedy novel Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch has been greenlit for a six-part series to debut on Amazon Prime Video in 2018. Gaiman (pictured) has written the entire series and will serve as showrunner. BBC Studios is coproducing the “comedic apocalyptic” series with Narrativia and The Blank Corporation, and in association with BBC Worldwide for Amazon Prime and the BBC.
“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.”
According to an Amazon Studios release, “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. 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 amongst 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.”
“Almost thirty years ago, Terry Pratchett and I wrote the funniest novel we could about the end of the world,” said Gaiman in a statement, “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 favorite 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.”
Good Omens will be a global release and available exclusively on Amazon Prime Video. The show will be broadcast on the BBC in the UK, following its premiere on Prime Video.