Amazon Greenlights Good Omens Limited Series

Serious fans will remember that Good Omens has been teased before, but now things are finally getting serious. The book by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett is coming to Amazon as a limited series some time in 2018.

The six-part series will be entirely written by Gaiman, who will serve as showrunner.

For those who aren’t familiar –

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.

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 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.

Gaiman and Pratchett have both had somewhat odd runs when it comes to developing their work into TV or film, and while some of them have turned out to be wonderful efforts, they haven’t managed the attention they deserve, nor the budgets. You have to imagine things are going to change here. Judging by recent efforts from Amazon, as well as other streaming service productions, this is going to be a serious production, sparing now expense.

It’s also rather likely to be one of the coolest things we’re going to get in 2018. We’ll let you know when there’s more information on this one.

Of the effort, Gaiman said in the announcement: “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. 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.”

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Marc Eastman is the owner and operator of Are You Screening? and has been writing film reviews for over a decade, and several branches of the internet's film review world have seen his name. He is also a member of The Broadcast Film Critics Association and The Broadcast Television Journalists Association.

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