With a premiere booked in for April 2017, the Starz adaptation of American Gods is currently garnering a ton of buzz, as Neil Gaiman’s fable of warring deities prepares to take that defining step onto the small-screen. But Gaiman is already thinking further afield, and we now have official confirmation that the author will develop a six-part miniseries based on Good Omens, the apocalyptic fantasy novel he co-wrote alongside the late, great Terry Pratchett.
Almost a year on from the moment Gaiman began work on the adaptation, Amazon has now struck up a deal with the BBC to bring Good Omens to television. A 2018 release date is the target, when Gaiman’s six-part series will premiere globally via Amazon Prime soon after its UK debut on the BBC. Former Doctor Who producer Caroline Skinner will help executive produce this new series, joined by Chris Sussman, Rob Wilkins, and Rod Brown.
No mention of casting or a specific premiere date just yet, only that the Good Omens TV series will hew close to Gaiman and Pratchett’s 1990 novel in which an angel and demon join forces to ward off the impending apocalypse. In light of today’s announcement, Neil Gaiman had this to share:
“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 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.”
After years spent lingering on the brink of an adaptation, a Good Omens TV series is finally on the way. Look for it to premiere via Amazon Prime in 2018, while those in the UK can expect the apocalyptic series to debut via the BBC. American Gods, on the other hand, is on course to arrive in April of this year.