There are three people in this story called Terry, two of them former Monty Python members. If I don’t pay attention I might mix them up.
For several years, Terry Gilliam was working on a big-screen adaptation of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s satanic-messianic twist on Just William, the almost unbearably funny novel Good Omens. Several times it looked like the project was going to get rolling, several times it got stuck in heavy, development and financing mud and, despite some wonderful wheel spins that sent spray flying all over the media, it never get unstuck. Sometimes Johnny Depp was supposed to star, sometimes Pete Postlethwaite, and always we waited patiently.
Late last year, Rich and I heard a few voices telling us that Good Omens was on the move again, and we tried to find out what was going on. Unfortunately, we were looking in the wrong places. The new Good Omens was not being prepared for cinema, it was going to be a TV project.
Last week, a “semi-official” Terry Jones fansite reported that Jones and his current co-writer of choice, Gavin Scott, were “in talks” to write a new version of Good Omens. Within days, Pratchett himself took to the stage at the SFX Weekender and announced, at least sort of officially, that Good Omens was now headed to TV as a 4-part series.
Scott, if you don’t recognise his name, was a writer on Small Soliders and The Borrowers, as well as Jones’ upcoming feature film, Absolutely Anything.
One might assume it would be headed to Sky in a similar manner to the last few years of Discworld adaptations, but that’s not yet confirmed.
I guess this news explains what Gaiman and Pratchett were toasting last September.
It’s a shame that Bill Milner and Will Poulter are probably a bit too old for this film now – they’d have been perfect just a couple of years back. Maybe the TVmakers will go the full William and just hire Daniel Roche.