Neil Gaiman Moves Overall Deal From Fremantle to Amazon

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Amazon Studios is cementing its ties with British creative powerhouse Neil Gaiman.

With the streaming giant's six-part adaptation of Good Omens — created and exec produced by Gaiman and based on the 1990 book he co-wrote with the late Terry Pratchett — currently in post-production, it has now secured an exclusive TV development deal with the author for future projects.

The arrangement comes after Gaiman's first-look TV deal with Fremantle, which is behind the adaptation of his novel American Gods for Starz (Amazon picked it up for several international territories), expired earlier this year. 

The news was announced Tuesday at the Amazon Prime Video Presents showcase in London, where footage from Good Omens — a co-production with the BBC and starring David Tennant, Michael Sheen and Frances McDormand — was teased ahead of its 2019 air date. 

"Neil Gaiman is a phenomenally talented writer who creates worlds that are compelling, multi-dimensional and narratively unique,” said Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke. "His fans are ardent, vocal and passionate, and we are fortunate to bring his gifted vision to the Prime Video audience."

Added Gaiman: “What decided me was how much I enjoyed working with the Amazon team on Good Omens. They are smart, gloriously enthusiastic people who weren't afraid of Good Omens being different but who were as determined as I was to make something as unique and exciting as it is. I'm thrilled to know that I'll have a home at Amazon in the future where I can make television that nobody's seen before, that's quite unlike Good Omens, but just as unusual and just as much fun."

Gaiman's works include the Oscar-nominated Coraline, as well as the New York Times and London Times best-seller Norse Mythology. His other credits include the groundbreaking Sandman comic series, The Graveyard Book and The Ocean at the End of the Lane. His short story How to Talk to Girls at Parties was adapted into a feature film starring Nicole Kidman and Elle Fanning that premiered in Cannes in 2017.

Gaiman's move to Amazon follows a rocky experience with producers Fremantle on American Gods. The series parted ways with original showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green after clashes over budget and creative in season one. Season two showrunner Jesse Alexander has largely been sidelined amid an array of troubles with Fremantle behind the scenes on the pricey drama.