Amazon has confirmed Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s Good Omens will be adapted into a TV series to air next year.
It’s appropriate timing as the 1990 novel is set in 2018. Something of a dream collaboration among sci-fi fans, it’s a comedic tale of an angel and a demon who try to stave off the Apocalypse, having decided they enjoy life among humans too much. There’s also a mix-up about the true identity of a young boy identified as the Antichrist.
Gaiman wrote the six-part adaptation, which will air first on Amazon Prime Video and later appear on BBC television, which helped make the show. The BBC’s head of comedy Chris Sussman noted that “It feels like a good time to be making a comedy about an impending global apocalypse.”
The book has previously been adapted for radio and theatre, but a long-standing plan to turn it into a movie came to nothing. The idea of a TV adaptation has been floating around for at least six years. Gaiman had initially abandoned the idea after Pratchett’s death, but then read a posthumous letter urging him to move ahead with the project.