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American Gods author Neil Gaiman bringing Good Omens TV adaptation to Amazon

A post-apocalyptic setting gets the comedic treatment

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Good Omens, the comedic, post-apocalyptic novel by Neil Gaiman (American Gods) and the late Terry Pratchett (The Colour of Magic), is heading to Amazon as a miniseries.

Amazon confirmed today it had given the green light to the six-episode limited series, with Gaiman acting as showrunner. The BBC is co-producing the series with Amazon, and it will be available to Amazon Prime and Prime Video subscribers.

Good Omens “takes place in 2018 when the Apocalypse is near and Final Judgment is set to descend upon humanity,” according to the press release. Although the theme of the series is dramatic, the tone is satirical.


“Almost thirty 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 11-year-old Antichrist, witchfinders and the four horsepeople of the Apocalypse,” Gaiman said. “It became many people’s favorite book. Three decades later, it’s going to make it to the screen.”

Gaiman is also set to write each of the hourlong six episodes, but Amazon hasn’t announced who will be directing the series. Good Omens will debut in 2018. The author’s other series, American Gods, is slated to premiere this year on Starz. The show is being run by Bryan Fuller (Hannibal).

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