So I guess it takes the actual apocalypse to bring about the cult classic about an angel and a demon during the apocalypse as a mini-series?
Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s novel, Good Omens will be coming to BBC Two and Amazon streaming as a six-part humorous fantasy drama. Michael Sheen (Masters of Sex) will play the somewhat stuffy angel and rare-book dealer, Aziraphale. David Tennant (Doctor Who) will portray the dangerous living demon, Crowley. Their characters have lived among humanity since creation and have grown quite fond of their lifestyles and each other. The birth of the antichrist throws a wrench in their plans. Now they have to deal with the Apocalypse, the armies of Good and Evil, the Four Horsemen, Atlantis, and more.
Acclaimed director Douglas Mackinnon (Doctor Who, Outlander) will bring the series to life as well as be the executive producer.
Ironically, given that it is a timeless novel, the Good Omens story stretches from the beginning of time to quite near the end of time. I am honoured to be working with Neil Gaiman (and Terry Pratchett in absentia) and directing such a wonderfully prestigious project for BBC Studios and Amazon. I hope to deliver an epic parcel of fun just before Armageddon arrives instead.”
Neil Gaiman will serve as showrunner. Sadly without the help of his writing partner Terry Pratchett who passed away in 2015.
If you are looking for actors to play two of the best-loved characters you and Terry Pratchett ever created, then, if you are very lucky and have been very good, you will get Michael Sheen and David Tennant to bring them to life. The best Welsh actor of his generation gets to be an angel, the best Scottish actor of his, a demon. Terry and I wrote Good Omens (I like to think it’s one of the funniest novels ever written about the end of the world and how we are all going to die) almost 30 years ago. It’s strange that it feels more relevant now than it ever did before. I only wish that Terry could be here to see it come to life with such a fantastic team.”
Both actors are delighted to be part of the project as well as work with each other. From the descriptions of the characters and each actor’s body of work, I feel like their roles are perfect fits.
I for one never read this novel. It has always been on my To Be Read pile but just never happened. Now I’ll have to since the series is finally happening.
No word on when BBC and Amazon hope to have Good Omens premiere but we will keep you updated!