Amazon Adapting Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett Novel 'Good Omens' Into Comedy Series

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BBC Studios is producing the six-part series, based on the bestselling 1990 book about the end of the world (and an 11-year-old Antichrist named Adam).

Amazon is delving deeper into Neil Gaiman's back catalog. 

Having already picked up Starz's hotly anticipated American Gods series, adapted from the British author's 2001 novel, for Amazon Prime users outside the U.S., the SVOD giant now has greenlit Good Omens, a six-part comedy series based on Gaiman's acclaimed 1990 book with the late Terry Pratchett, who died in 2015.

With a screenplay written by Gaiman, who also will serve as showrunner, Good Omens is a comedy about the birth of the son of Satan, and takes place in 2018 (the same year the series is due to debut) just before the impending apocalypse. According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter Witch (written by a 17th century witch who happens to have been the only true prophet to have ever lived), the world will end on a Saturday, just before dinner, and it's up to Adam Young, the actual Antichrist, to stop it from happening. 

The show is being co-produced by BBC Studios alongside Narrativia and The Blank Corporation, in association with BBC Worldwide.

"Almost 30 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," said Gaiman. "It became many people's favorite book. Three decades later, it's going to make it to the screen. I can't think of anyone we'd rather make it with than BBC Studios, and I just wish Sir Terry were alive to see it."

Chris Sussman, BBC Studios' head of comedy, said Good Omens had been one of his favorite novels, joking that it felt like a "good time to be making a comedy about an impending global apocalypse."

Added Joe Lewis, Amazon Studios' head of comedy and drama: "Spanning not only the universe but also the entirety of time, Neil Gaiman has created a story that may be the largest ever told on television."

Good Omens is being exec produced by Gaiman, Caroline Skinner (Doctor Who) and Sussman (Fleabag) for BBC Studios, Rob Wilkins (Choosing to Die) and Rod Brown (Going Postal) for Narrativia.