The world is going to end on a Saturday
The much-anticipated screen adaption of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s end-of-times, deathly funny book Good Omens is coming to our screen at the end of May.
With Gaiman’s involvement as showrunner, writing each of the six hour-long episodes himself, we can expect the series to be true to book. For Gaiman, seeing this story brought to life has been a passion project – and a promise he made to Pratchett before the creator of the Discworld’s death in 2015.
The premise of Good Omens is in itself rather amusing.
Armageddon is just a few days away. A fussy angel and a loose-living demon have both grown fond of their lifestyle, living among mortals, and they’re not looking forward to the upcoming Rapture. Their only hope in stopping it is to find the Antichrist and kill him. The problem? The Antichrist is missing. He’s also a good kid.
A divine and devilish cast
David Tennant plays the demon Crowley, an evil entity responsible for corrupting mortals since Adam and Eve (remember that whole apple incident?). Michael Sheen is Aziraphale, a sushi-loving, bookstore-running angel. Jon Hamm, Miranda Richardson, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Nick Offerman are just a few of the names that we’re excited to see in this tale of Armageddon.
The storyline is a satirical commentary on modern life, that’ll make you laugh while it examines some of the more bizarre things that make humans, well… human. This story of the four riders of the apocalypse, Atlantians, Americans, angels, demons, witch-hunters, and a boy called Adam promises to delight and entertain.
Gaiman’s been quoted as saying that he wanted to create something that would make his late author friend laugh, and if the trailer is anything to go by Pratchett is laughing already. Roll on, May!