Fans of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett will be familiar with their collaborative novel, Good Omens, based on the premise: What if an infant Anti-christ got switched with a normal kid?
The book was published in 1990 by the two authors and features the antics of the angel Aziraphale and the demon Crowley, who've grown comfortable and don't really want the world to end, as well as the Four Horsepersons of the Apocalypse. Toss in a son of Satan who's growing up with the wrong family, in the wrong village, his best friends, and an ability to reshape reality based, and you're in for a lot of good fun.
Amazon agrees, and has greenlit a series of six episodes based on the work for release in 2018. Gaiman adapted the book for the screen and will serve as showrunner on the project. Of the series, he said:
"Almost 30 years ago, Terry Pratchett and I wrote the funniest novel we could about the end of the world, populated with angels and demons… Three decades later, it’s going to make it to the screen. I can’t think of anyone we’d rather make it with than BBC Studios, and I just wish Sir Terry were alive to see it."
Terry Pratchett, co-author on the original novel, passed away in 2015 following a battle with Alzheimer's disease.
The show is being co-produced with Narrativia, the production company founded in 2012 by Pratchett with his daughter, Rhianna Pratchett, who recently announced she was stepping away from writing on the Tomb Raider videogame franchise.
Previous attempts at adapting Good Omens for the screen have been made. Notably, Terry Gilliam was working on a movie in 2002, with Johnny Depp and Robin Williams rumored to be attached for the roles of Crowley and Aziraphale, respectively, but it stalled in the funding phase.