ZodGory (zodgory) wrote in ohnotheydidnt,

Co-Author Neil Gaiman Talks about the Good Omens Adaptation

-Released in 1990, there had been two previous attempts to adapt Good Omens to screen (there's a radio play adaptation). In 2002, Terry Gilliam wanted to do a movie with Johnny Depp as Crowley and Robin Williams as Aziraphale, but it fell through. Then a decade later Terry Jones wanted to shoot for a television adaptation, but that also fell through.

-Co-author Terry Pratchett, who passed away in 2015 from Alzheimers, sent co-author Neil Gaiman a letter in 2014 when his condition had gotten very severe asking Gaiman to make sure an adaptation happened. “We’d been friends for 35 years. He said: ‘I’ve never asked you anything before, and we’ve always agreed that with anything related to “Good Omens” we either do it together or we don’t do it. But you have to do this. No one else can do it. I know how busy you are, but I want to see this before I can’t see anything.’ So I had to do it [...] Terry Pratchett asked me to do it. And I did.” Elsewhere in the article, David Tennant comments on how keen Gaiman is to honor Terry Pratchett's memory.

-The scripts Gaiman wrote for the adaptation were too costly for the BBC alone but thanks to a new law in 2016, they were allowed to collaborate with competitors so Amazon covered 70% of the budget. "On the one hand, you have a Kafka-esque organization like the BBC and on the other you have the Wild West. And they have to learn to play well together.

-The show is currently on Amazon Prime and will air on the BBC in six months. There will also be a home release.


[Tumblr Asks Including that Dove Scene]Screenshots taken from his tumblr

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Gaiman has previously posted his thoughts that what's on the page/screen is canon and that you're free to come up with your own headcanons, and that he won't validate/shoot down any headcanons.

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And delighting in negative reviews from bigots

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Tags: adaptations, amazon, books / authors, british celebrities, david tennant, jon hamm, michael sheen, television
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