Writer Neil Gaiman had a divine experience at the Amazon Prime Showcase panel at San Diego Comic-Con. After a tease had been shown for Season 2 of The Tick, moderator Debra Birnbaum turned the focus to Gaiman's upcoming Good Omens, which is adapted from the book he wrote with Terry Pratchett.
The audience was tricked into thinking there'd be no trailer, but then a voice came down from the heavens, the voice of God (none other than Frances McDormand), talking to Gaiman:
“Do not show any footage, we have talked about this," it said.
“If I don’t show them something, there will be riots. There will be blood on the floor, possibly mine," Gaiman countered.
Finally, "God" relented and allowed a short behind-the-scenes trailer to be shown with concept art and interviews with Michael Sheen, David Tennant, and Jon Hamm. In addition, there was a very short scene between Sheen and Tennant (who play angels Aziraphale and Crowley, respectively) about how Tennant's character fell from heaven.
Once the video had been played, McDormand's voice came back from above. "You’ve earned a place in heaven," she said. "I’ll have my people talk to your people."
Check out the teaser below:
The author relayed the story behind how he nabbed the Oscar-winning McDormand for the series. She had called him out of the blue, asking to "borrow" his house in Scotland, and Gaiman joked that he "blackmailed" her by promising the house if she'd play God, a role he knew from the start had to be played by a woman.
He also touched on his co-writer Pratchett, who passed away in 2015 at the age of 66. In a very poignant moment, Gaiman mentioned that, while writing the show's scripts, he could no longer do what he did back in the late '80s when the book was being written, call Pratchett if he got stuck or did something clever. Even so, Pratchett's contributions to the book live on via the show.
"Terry Pratchett and I didn’t leave the world of Good Omens once we finished the book," Gaiman noted during the panel's Q&A, talking about how they were trying to adapt it for years. And despite so much time passing since the book's publication in 1990, he also cited its "built-in" fanbase, stating that many people's hard copies of Good Omens look as if they've gone through a war.
Here's the first poster for the show:
A comical take on the biblical apocalypse known as "Armageddon," Good Omens will also feature the talents of Jon Hamm, Michael McKean, Miranda Richardson, and Nick Offerman.
Gaiman (who also serves as showrunner) didn't offer any hard release date, but did confirm that Good Omens will arrive sometime in 2019.
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