Good Omens: Neil Gaiman to adapt Terry Pratchett collaboration for TV

I loved the radio-adaptation that came out last year (2015: see my review). Gaiman is another of my favorite authors and I am confident he will do an excellent job. This is one television production I feel obliged to see and probably review.

Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman illustration

Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. Illustration: John Cuneo Author says he changed his mind about adapting novel without co-author after receiving a posthumous letter from Pratchett asking him to

Friday 15 April 2016 01.27 BST Last modified on Friday 15 April 2016 14.36 BST

Neil Gaiman, the author and longtime friend of Sir Terry Pratchett, has announced he will be writing the adaptation of their co-authored novel Good Omens for the screen.

Gaiman had previously said he would not adapt their 1990 fantasy novel about the end of the world without Pratchett, who died in March 2015 from a rare form of Alzheimer’s disease. Before Pratchett’s death, director Dirk Maggs – at Gaiman’s instigation – adapted Good Omens for BBC Radio 4, which broadcast in 2014 and included cameos from Pratchett and Gaiman. At the time, Gaiman said he had urged Radio 4 to adapt it because: “I want Terry to be able to enjoy this while he’s still able to.”

But Gaiman, who flew into London on Thursday night for a memorial event for Pratchett at the Barbican, announced to whistles and cheers that he would be personally adapting the book for television. He said he had been spurred to change his mind when he was presented with a letter from Pratchett, intended to be read after his death.

Pratchett’s longtime friend and assistant Rob Wilkins recalled asking Gaiman to adapt Good Omens as they were driving back from Pratchett’s house, on one of the final occasions Gaiman met with him before his death. He said he had approached Gaiman because “it required love, it required patience”.

“Absolutely not,” Gaiman recalled replying, to laughter. “Terry and I had a deal that we would only work on Good Omens things together,” he explained. “Everything that was ever written – bookmarks and tiny little things – we would always collaborate, everything was a collaboration. So, obviously, no.”

But Wilkins revealed to the audience that Pratchett had left a letter posthumously for Gaiman. In the letter, Pratchett requested that the author write an adaptation by himself, with his blessing. “At that point, I think I said, ‘You bastard, yes,’” Gaiman recalled, to cheers. …………………..

The rest of the article can be found at The Guardian


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