Neil Gaiman didn't want to turn his co-written novel Good Omens into a television show without the input of his co-writer, the late Sir Terry Pratchett. But he recently announced that Good Omens is in development as a six-part series. And it’s all thanks to Sir Terry.
Gaiman and Pratchett co-wrote Good Omens in 1990, a hilarious fantasy about the arrival of the Antichrist, who is accidentally switched at birth and is raised as a typical English boy. According to The Guardian, Gaiman said that he wouldn’t work on the adaptation without his late writing partner.
As Gaiman told an audience at a Pratchett memorial at the Barbican Center,
“Terry and I had a deal that we would only work on Good Omens things together,” he explained. “Everything that was ever written – bookmarks and tiny little things – we would always collaborate, everything was a collaboration. So, obviously, no.”
But Gaiman had been given the go-ahead … by Pratchett himself.
It seems that Gaiman received a posthumous letter from Pratchett, encouraging him to write the adaptation himself. Gaiman told the audience, “At that point, I think I said, ‘You bastard, yes,’”
If this doesn’t give you the feels, you haven’t read enough of either Gaiman or Pratchett, one of whom is responsible for this fabulous Good Omens sentence: "[Crowley] didn’t necessarily mean to join the ranks of Hell, either: as the list of dramatis personae informs us, he is 'An Angel who did not so much Fall as Saunter Vaguely Downwards.'"
Fans, who have been mourning Pratchett since his death in 2015, now have this series to look forward to, as well as an adaptation of Pratchett’s novels Mort and Wee Free Men. As for Gaiman, hopefully, we’ll be enjoying his works for years to come.