While the Starz adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods is quickly gaining steam and building its cast, and with a four-part series titled Neil Gaiman’s Likely Stories working to adapt four of the popular author’s short stories, fans probably were not expecting to be blessed with any other adaptation news for a while. Thankfully, we were all wrong, as Gaiman has announced his intent to write a six-part television adaptation of Good Omens, an enduringly popular work written in collaboration with Terry Pratchett.
Previously, Gaiman has said he would not adapt the story without Pratchett, the author of the Discworld series who died in March 2015. At a memorial event for Pratchett on April 14, however, Gaiman revealed that his mind was changed by a request from Pratchett. While initial reports suggested that it was a letter from Pratchett delivered posthumously that made him reconsider, a blog post from Gaiman clarified that it was, in fact, “more of a last request while he was still alive.” He went on to tease that the adaptation would be a six-part series.
According to Gaiman’s blog, he has been working on the scripts over the last year and hopes to have them finished by the release of The View from the Cheap Seats, his book of selected nonfiction, on May 31.
Good Omens features the angel Aziraphale and the demon Crowley (who didn’t so much fall as saunter vaguely downward) as they contend with the birth of the Anti-Christ and try to prevent the apocalypse. Full of wit, humor, and truths about the nature of free will and mankind, the apocalypse has never been as unexpectedly funny or heartwarming as when presented by these two literary masterminds.