Anticipation for Amazon’s adaptation of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s ‘Good Omens’ increases with casting of David Tennant and Michael Sheen.
Amazon have cast their angel and demon for their TV adaptation of the 1990 novel ‘Good Omens’ co-authored by Neil Gaiman and the late Terry Pratchett. The six part mini-series will star former Doctor Who, David Tennant, as the demon Crowley, whilst Michael Sheen (Passengers, Tron: Legacy) will balance the cast as the angel Aziraphale.
Published in 1990 ‘Good Omens’ is a fantasy novel that follows the alliance between Crowley And Aziraphale and their plight to prevent the apocalypse following the birth of the antichrist, Adam from Lower Tadfield, Oxfordshire and as foretold by the unlikely prophet Agnes Nutter.
Combining Gaiman’s dark sensibilities and Pratchett’s silly sense of fun, ‘Good Omens’ is a book I’ve indulged in repeatedly and return to year after year, always appreciating some new nuance each time.
The book was adapted for Radio by the BBC in 2014 and aired that Christmas.
Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman who co-authored Good Omens
The Guardian reports that Gaiman had originally refused to adapt ‘Good Omens’ without Pratchett’s involvement. Following the death of the much love author of the hugely popular Discworld novels in March 2015, it seemed unlikely that the project would ever happen, but Gaiman was encouraged to do so by a letter written by his dear friend, Pratchett, granting him permission to do so.
Gaiman produces all six episodes of the television series. Terry Pratchett’s long-time assistant, Rob Wilkins, has commented, stating, “I swear to god, Terry would be absolutely over the moon. We’d already talked about our dream Aziraphale and Crowley, and David Tennant was there” he continued “I can’t begin to tell you what a fan he was of David and Michael … He’d be looking down now and would be so incredibly pleased.”
‘Good Omens’ will be available on Amazon Prime in 2019 and will subsequently air on BBC2 in the UK at a later date.