Since I first read the Neil Gaiman's and Terry Pratchett's practice in apocalyptic insanity, Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, I found this story of a botched Rapture (thanks to a switched-at-birth mistake involving the antichrist) so utterly laugh-out-loud fun, I read it a second time the following year. Like many who enjoyed this cult classic, I was particularly entertained by the shaky camaraderie between the lovably stuffy angel Aziraphale and the wild child demon Crowley, neither of whom were too keen on the Earth they had grown to call home being destroyed.
Then, we all began hearing the rumors and of there possibly being a movie for this book to be directed by Terry Gilliam with Robin William as Aziraphale and Johnny Depp as Crowley. This group of creatives seemed too good to be true. It was. This, of course, never happened, but fans kept on hoping.
Some progress was made in 2014, with a well-done BBC Radio 4 radio drama of the book released with British actors Mark Heap as Aziraphale and Peter Serafinowicz (who now stars in Amazon Prime's The Tick), as Crowley.
At last, Amazon Prime announced the book would finally become a series in 2019, and the official trailer dropped earlier this month. The cast alone makes this one appear worth the wait, especially with David Tennant as Crowley and Michael Sheen as Aziraphale. British comedian Josie Lawrence is Agnes Nutter, and other cast members include John Hamm as the Angel Gabriel, Michael McKean, Miranda Richardson, and Francis McDormand (as the voice of God).
Also next year, Gaiman fans can look forward to Season 2 of the series based on his much darker novel American Gods on Starz, although no date for the series is set has been pinned down.
Other Gaiman-inspired projects in the works include his extremely graphic novel The Sandman and his young adult fantasy The Graveyard Book. There is no news yet on exactly when these will happen, but if Good Omens' journey from book to screen is any indication, these things take time.
Until then, Gaiman and Pratchett fans can take comfort knowing "End is Nigh" next year, and Tennant's Tenth Doctor is finally a ginger!