Good Omens is happening!
I don’t know about you, but I am ridiculously excited for the TV adaptation of Good Omens. Fans and newcomers alike will get to experience this fantastic story on their TV screens…along with some brand new information that will come as a surprise to everyone.
While the show will be sticking to the overall plot of the book by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, Amazon recently announced the casting of Jon Hamm as the angel Gabriel, who will be getting an expanded role in the miniseries. While the character was a minor character in the book, the role will be expanded on screen using details from the unreleased sequel to the book.
“Once we had finished writing Good Omens, back in the dawn of prehistory, Terry Pratchett and I started plotting a sequel,” says Gaiman. “There would have been a lot of angels in the sequel.”
Hamm is great for the role
The author went on to say that when the book was originally slated to become a movie instead of a miniseries, they fully intended to give angels a strong presence in the film. As for the casting news? Gaiman is extremely pleased with the choice.
“The leader of these angels is Gabriel. He is everything that Aziraphale isn’t: he’s tall, good-looking, charismatic and impeccably dressed. We were fortunate that Jon Hamm was available, given that he is already all of these things without even having to act.”
The show will still focus on the book’s plot of angel Aziraphale and demon Crowley as they try to prevent the oncoming apocalypse, but with some additional changes that come from the sequel as well as the considerable amount of time that has passed between the publishing of the book and the release of the series—almost 30 years!
Good Omens will be released on Amazon Prime Video in 2019 and will be followed by a TV broadcast on BBC 2 in the UK later in the year.