Terry Gilliam has been wanting to make a film of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett‘s novel Good Omens since before it was published. Indeed, there’s a video from The Daily Beast that you’ll get to in a couple of paragraphs in which Gaiman tells the story of how a copy was sent to Gilliam looking for a quote and but instead inspired his passion to turn it into a film.
Elsewhere in the same clip you’ll see Gaiman talk about the possible adaptation. The exchange goes like this:
Gaiman: If a Good Omens adaptation happens we would like it to happen while Terry [Pratchett] can still see it.
Interviewer: With Terry Gilliam?
Gaiman: I can say nothing. Nothing. I will say nothing, My lips are sealed. Put it this way: I’m an enormous fan of Terry Gilliam’s and Terry has been trying to make it in one form or another since about 1989.
Last we heard, Good Omens was headed to TV as a four-part mini-series, under the auspices of the other Monty Python Terry, Mr. Jones.
My guess would be that this is exactly the same project, and that Jones and Gavin Scott will be providing the script while Gilliam steps behind the camera. Terry Pratchett’s own company, Narrativia, would be producing.
Or maybe it will be a movie again… though, yeah, we’ve all heard the increasingly well-rehearsed comments on TV showing more balls that cinema right now. It’s somehow much easier to believe Good Omens is about to become a miniseries than one of those major motion picture.
Gaiman and Gilliam have been meeting a lot of late, both in London and in the US. I’ve been having conversations with a friend – hey Jerome – about the likelihood of them being at work on Good Omens. Until I saw the video above, I didn’t believe it.
Now, though, I think it’s happening. And that’s fantastic.
If you haven’t read Good Omens, jump on it. It’s tremendously fun.