Neil Gaiman promises that Good Omens will honor Terry Pratchett’s legacy


When Neil Gaiman set out to make Good Omens — the movie — he was thinking of one big thing — Terry Pratchett, the book’s co-author.

Gaiman said that he never would have made this television show as the showrunner if it wasn’t for Pratchett. Variety reports that Gaiman said it was Pratchett’s last request.

He also said that he missed being able to call Pratchett as he was working his way through the series.

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In 1990, the novel Good Omens came out, an interesting book with two authors. Neil Gaiman, known for his comic book work with masterpieces like Sandman, and Terry Pratchett, best known for his Discworld series, put their minds together and created the story.

Good Omens tells the story of an angel and demon who have been on Earth since the beginning of time. When they learn that God is finished and is planning on wiping out the world with the apocalypse, they set out to foil the plan. They kind of like it here.

Pratchett said that the two were on the phone together every day when they were writing it. Gaiman said that Pratchett wrote about 60,000 words and he wrote about 45,000 words and then they rewrote and revised each other’s work until they came up with the finished novel.

What resulted was a work of brilliance.

Gaiman said in the recent interview that it took two years to put this together and Pratchett is the only reason he pushed through. He said this entire series is for Terry and then teased that the final screen of the sixth episode is “just for Terry.”

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While Gaiman said that he missed being able to call Pratchett when he needed help, he said that he used a lot of material the two had talked about before his friend’s death and made sure that he was able to make this the way he knew Pratchett would have wanted.

Good Omens stars David Tennant, Michael Sheen, Jon Hamm, Jack Whitehall, Michael McKean, Miranda Richardson, Benedict Cumberbatch and Frances McDormand and premieres on May 31 on Amazon Prime Video.