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Mar 25 2011 6:26pm

Neil Gaiman Talks Upcoming Good Omens Mini-Series

When Terry Pratchett leaked that a Good Omens TV mini-series was in development our reaction was to wait the news out a little bit. If the project evaporated, or was just patently false, then time would bear that out. If the project was a go, time would also bear that out.

Behold the bearing out! Digital Spy recently sat down with Good Omens co-writer Neil Gaiman to discuss the adaptation. You can watch the whole thing below.


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10 comments
mkvirt
1. mkvirt
I'm kind of sorry to hear that Jones is doing the adaptation and not Gaiman or Pratchett. Its not like Jones has had a recent run of successful adaptations (for example, despite a cast to-die for, Doctor Parnassus took in so little at the box-office that Jones should have used the pseudonym "Max Bialystock" in the credits.) Many of his productions become cult-hits (e.g. Brazil), but economic flops. I was just hoping for more because, even 20 years later, Good Omens is just so damn good.
philip hodgson
2. hodgsopg
mkvirt, your thinking of Terry Gilliam, but Terry Jones is doing the new screenplay. As well as acting and writing in Monty Python, he has written screenplays for Wind in the Willows and Labyrinth. I think the project is in good hands.
mkvirt
3. Smaug's Li'l Brother Puff
mkvirt, I think it's really sad that your measure of cinematic quality is box office receipts. Too bad they couldn't get the creative team behind Twilight on this one then, huh? Terry Gilliam would have been a fantastic person to make Good Omens and for many years was Pratchett's and Gaiman's choice for the job.

Doctor Parnassus was actually fairly well-received, critically speaking, and Gilliam also made Time Bandits, The Fisher King and 12 Monkeys, which are considered SFF classics.
philip hodgson
4. hodgsopg
Actually, according to Box Office Mojo, Doctor Parnassus did poorly at the box office in the states, but worldwide did much better, in fact about 87% of its revenue was made outside the states.
Sharat Buddhavarapu
5. Sharat Buddhavarapu
It seems like a lot of brilliant SFF novels and series are getting a chance to be adapted on-screen. What with Game of Thrones, The Passage, etc. I think it's a cool trend, but I would like to see them marketed to the same audience that were readers of the books, not because I'm a purist, but because the fans of the books deserve the same essential story rather than something for the masses.
mkvirt
6. Smaug's Li'l Brother Puff
hodgsopg: Actually, I didn't dispute that Parnassus didn't sell tickets. I said it was well received critically, with two out of three reviewers liking it according to rottentomatoes.

The sad fact is, no matter who adapts and directs Good Omens, chances are high it will fall prey to the phenomena that Scalzi describes as The Dollar Value of Nerd Love: a $10 million opening weekend and downhill from there. It happened to Serenity, Scott Pilgrim and, most significantly, Stardust. All good movies that held little appeal for wide audiences.
mkvirt
7. Smaug's Li'l Brother Puff
Apologies, though, that I totally spaced on the fact we're talking about a TV production and not a movie. Replace "box office" with "ratings" in my comment. Let's say Good Omens would be likely to suffer the fate of Pushing Daisies?
philip hodgson
8. hodgsopg
Actually my point is that Dr Parnassus did quite well, just not in the states.

And maybe with Good Omens it won't matter quite as much if it does badly in the ratings, It is a one off, we wouldn't want someone attempting to do a sequel to it do we?
mkvirt
9. Smaug's Li'l Brother Puff
Ah. Poor compre'nsion on my part.

And, indeed. One apocalypse is plenty, whoever's telling the story. :-D
mkvirt
10. emilyesse
"If the project evaporated, or was just patently false, then time would bear that out."

Really? Do you really think that Terry Pratchett, who has always been cautious about saying an adaptation would happen because it didn't for so long, would say that an adaptation was in the works if that news was "patently false"?

Sorry, I like Tor, and I'm super-excited about the upcoming Good Omens miniseries and glad to see news from Neil on it - but your word choice/angle here was pretty poor.

Also, the first details about the series, *not* just a rumor or a leak, actually broke on Terry's news page on March 1st:
http://www.pjsmprints.com/news/index.html (scroll down)

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