American Gods' Neil Gaiman to Adapt First Novel Good Omens for TV

Author Neil Gaiman, whose American Gods novel is being developed as a Starz series by Bryan Fuller, has agreed to adapt for TV his first novel, Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch.

Per The Guardian, Gaimain announced that although he had previously said he would not adapt the 26-year-old apocalyptic dark comedy without co-author Sir Terry Pratchett, who died a year ago after a battle with Alzheimer’s, a posthumous letter from Pratchett urged him to forge on with the project, as a six-episode series.

The award-winning fantasy novel tells the story of how the angel Aziraphale and the demon Crowley attempt to sabotage the coming of End Times, which is set in motion by the birth of Satan’s son, because they rather fancy their cushy life in England.

Several previous adaptations of Good Omens all fell by the wayside, including a big-screen version to be directed by Terry Gilliam and star Johnny Depp and Robin Williams.

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  1. lrdslvrhnd says:

    Mark Sheppard for Crowley. Let’s just make it official that Crowley from Supernatural is Crowley from Good Omens.

  2. antisocialbutterflie says:

    YES!!!! Good Omens is hands down my favorite book of all time. If Gaiman does the script that is one less point of failure where Hollywood can screw this up. I can remain cautiously optimistic about the project!

  3. Sara says:

    I really enjoyed the BBC radio play of it a few years ago. I hope the tv series is just as good!

  4. Steve F. says:

    Whatever the casting may be, at least get Aziraphale & Crowley right! (And yes to Mark Sheppard as Crowley… although at that point, would Misha Collins be considered as Aziraphale?)

  5. matraupach says:

    Woa one of my all time favorite books!

    I couldn’t even make it through the Dramatis Personae without laughing ;)

    I think the biggest obstacle will be the child-actors, especially Adam!

    They should get Jacob Tremblay for the role, this kid can act!

  6. Its success and quality all depends on which network produces this, right?

  7. rowan77 says:

    Bryan Fuller is the exact right writer/producer to do this.

  8. Hopefully they don’t relocate the whole thing to the US.