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6 Sci-Fi/Fantasy Movies That Hollywood Should Be Making Instead of Candy Land
by Rebecca Pahle | 12:30 pm, June 6th, 2012
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
This is another one of those development hell things. Terry Gilliam was attached to the script way back in 1999, and though over the years rumors kept popping up for fans to freak out over (Johnny Depp as Crowley? OMG! Robin Williams as Aziraphale? Err…), nothing actually happened. (Not surprising, giving Gilliam’s legendary difficulty getting his pet projects made. See: The Man Who Killed Don Quixote).
Good Omens, in which angel and demon BFFs must put a stop to the plans of Heaven and Hell to bring about the Apocalypse, is one of those books where you can’t believe someone hasn’t made it yet. It has a large, passionate following of sci-fi geeks (who, as we know, tend to be very willing to plonk down money in support of things they like), plus both Gaiman and Pratchett have already had some of their other books adapted for the big screen. A Good Omens movie makes perfect sense!
That may be why it’s being made into a four-part BBC miniseries, set to air next year and being co-directed by Terry Jones (of Monty Python fame) and Gavin Scott. Pardon my paranoia, but this sounds too good to be true, and I’m pretty sure it’s an elaborate prank Crowley is playing on us Good Omens fans. I’ll believe this miniseries is actually happening when I’m sitting on my sofa watching Crowley and Aziraphale chatting about ineffability while feeding ducks, and not a moment before.
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