Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett's Good Omens finally gets adapted ... but not as a movie

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Sep 5, 2014

Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s fantasy novel Good Omens will finally get a well-deserved adaptation. But there’s a tiny catch.

The geektastic collaboration between two fantasy greats left a strong impression on fans everywhere, establishing Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch as something of a cult favorite and sparking questions as to when, if ever, we might get to see it in another form. So what’s the catch about this adaptation?

It seems Good Omens is NOT going to be adapted for TV or film ... but for radio.

The six-part audio series, which will air on Radio 4, will feature talents from cult TV shows including Sherlock, Merlin, Game of Thrones, Being Human, Shaun of the Dead, Spaced and Peep Show. It's in the very capable hands of Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (the BBC4 radio adaptation, not the 2005 movie) director Dirk Maggs, who also dramatized Gaiman’s novel Neverwhere, featuring a stellar cast including Benedict Cumberbatch, James McAvoy and Natalie Dormer, to critical acclaim.

Mark Heap and Peter Serafinowicz will take centre stage as the angel Aziraphale and demon Crowley respectively. Other actors on board the Radio 4 adaptation include Colin Morgan, Louise Brealey, Clive Russell, Julia Deakin, Simon Jones, Arsher Ali, Phil Davis and Mark Benton. Gaiman and Pratchett will also make cameo appearances.

Good Omens basically tells the story of a fast-approaching apocalypse and the unlikely duo of Aziraphale and Crowley, who are keen to prevent it by killing the Antichrist. But unfortunately, they seem to have mislaid him.

Released in 1990, Good Omens was listed among the BBC’s Big Read Nation’s 100 favorite books, and this is the first time the story has been dramatized, with Maggs adapting the novel with the help of Gaiman.

Good Omens is scheduled to air in December. It will broadcast across a week in five half-hour episodes, culminating in an hourlong final apocalyptic showdown in time for Christmas.

Radio 4 boss Gwyneth Williams said of the project: “I’m delighted to have Neil Gaiman back on Radio 4 -- and this time with Terry Pratchett. I can’t wait to hear what they will do with the apocalypse. The Radio 4 audience loved Neverwhere and Good Omens will be a splendid Christmas treat.”

Are you excited to see Good Omens finally get dramatized, even if it’s as an audio series?

(via Radio Times)

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