There's about to be a whole lot of Neil Gaiman on your television. The celebrated British author already has a small-screen adaptation of his novel American Gods on the way this year, but now we have even more to look forward to.
As announced this morning by Amazon, Neil Gaiman and the late Terry Pratchett's irreverent and blasphemous 1990 novel Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch is headed to screens for a six-part series in 2018. Gaiman will be showrunner in addition to writing the whole series, which will be a co-production between Amazon Studios and BBC Studios, and will debut on Prime first before airing on the BBC.
Good Omens centers on Aziraphale and Crowley, an angel and a demon who've been living on Earth since the Garden of Eden and have grown rather fond of the place. As such, the two pals decide to keep a close eye on the Anti-Christ in order to try to slow down the coming of the end times ... or at least the kid they thought was the Anti-Christ.
As they begin frantically searching for the real thing (who'd been misplaced by some incompetent Satanic nuns at birth), the Four Horsemen gather, Atlantis rises from the ocean, nuclear war seems imminent and everything begins to go hilariously wrong. And it all lines up perfectly with the impressively specific prophecies laid out in an obscure book by a 17th-century witch.
Neil Gaiman had this to say about the project in the studio's press release:
"Almost 30 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."
I'm a huge Neil Gaiman fan no matter the medium, and I'm hard-pressed to think of another novel that made me laugh as hard as Good Omens did when I first read it years ago, so I can't wait to watch this adaptation, especially with Gaiman at the helm. And I know it's a little early for speculating on the cast, but I'm already pulling for Stranger Things' Gaten Matarazzo as the most adorable Anti-Christ ever.