Gaiman was recently interviewed by Charlie Russell who is putting together a new documentary on Terry Pratchett and during that interview we found out that a ‘Good Omens’ mini-series is being developed! Prior to Pratchett’s passing, he and Gaiman had worked on the ‘Good Omens’ radio drama for BBC and it seems that in the last year of his life, he gave the go ahead for a televised adaptation to happen.
Over the last few days, it was reported that this was originally given in a posthumous letter from Terry to Neil but now we’ve found out that it has actually been in the works for over a year.
That is interesting as during a Pratchett memorial Gaiman previously stated:
“Terry and I had a deal that we would only work on Good Omens things together. Everything that was ever written – bookmarks and tiny little things – we would always collaborate, everything was a collaboration. So, obviously, no.”
It’s hard to say if at the moment of Pratchett’s death he was so overcome with grief that he couldn’t work on it or not any longer without their collaboration in place but since that time, it seems that things have changed.
In the initial interview, the comment about ‘Good Omens’ came up after a mention of letters being found in a safe that had been left for his friends. That is where the confusion came from but this wasn’t in one of the letters but actually a last request between two friends. According to Gaiman, Pratchett basically stated:
“I would very much like this to happen, and I know, Neil, that you’re very very busy, but no one else could ever do it with the passion that we share for the old girl. I wish I could be more involved and I will help in any way I can.”
With that in mind, Neil has been working on the scripts for most of the last year. When they wrote the novel together, originally they tried their hardest to make each other laugh and as a few changes or new ideas have come up, he truly wished he had his old friend still to bounce them off of and make him laugh one last time. I have no doubt that Gaiman will give us all a few new chuckles when this project finally does see the light of day. At the time of Gaiman’s last update, he is about 72% done with the scripts and I’m sure we’ll hear more in the coming months as he hopes to have it fully completed before May 31st when his next book ‘The View From the Cheap Seats’ is released.
There’s no word as to who might be releasing the mini-series but with his past ties to BBC and the fact that BBC Radio 4 released the audio play version, it wouldn’t surprise me if they snatch up the rights.
I, for one, cannot wait.
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