It looks like there finally could be progress on a long-discussed adaptation of Good Omens, the 1990 novel by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman.
According to SFX magazine, Pratchett revealed at SFX Weekender 2 that the award-winning comic fantasy is set to be developed as a four-part television series. Although Pratchett offered no further details, the “semi-official blog” of Terry Jones reports that the filmmaker (and actor, historian, author and former member of Monty Python) and screenwriter Gavin Scott (Small Soldiers, The Mists of Avalon) are “in talks” to adapt the book.
Plans for an adaptation date back to at least 1999, when director Terry Gilliam and frequent collaborator Tony Grisoni were set to develop Good Omens as a $50 million film. Gilliam at one point wanted to begin filming in April 2002, but those plans fell apart, reportedly because of lack of funding. As recently as 2008 the filmmaker remained hopeful about the project, but there’s been little public movement on an adaptation until now.
Good Omens is a comedic take on the End Times, centering on the birth of the Antichrist — who, through an accidental switch at birth, is a seemingly normal boy raised by English parents — and the attempts by the angel Aziraphale and the demon Crowley to avert the biblical apocalypse.