Neil Gaiman was a busy guy this weekend. Not only did American Gods have a panel, but so did Good Omens, the Amazon program based on the novel he wrote with Terry Pratchett. New York Comic-Con gave us some great photo opportunities as well as the first real trailer for the Amazon Prime show, showcasing Michael Sheen as Aziraphale and David Tennant as Crowley. Armageddon is in full swing and this angel and demon, respectively, team up to try and stop it. The Horsemen ride, the Anti-Christ is walking the earth, and our only hope is two winged gentleman who isn’t sure they can even slow it down. Are you ready for the end times?
Little bits of information, picture teases and interviews have been coming out of the Good Omens camp for over a year and it all has fans salivating. Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman have some of the largest fan bases of any fiction writers, put them together and you have an army of fans waiting impatiently for the comedic drama about the apocalypse.
David Tennant (Doctor Who, Jessica Jones), plays Crowley, a demon who has been around for 6000 years and has grown to quite like Earth, in general. Michael Sheen (Underworld, Twilight) plays Aziraphale, a nervous angel who would like to keep the world as it is. As in, not ended. The two have a history, bumping into each other over the last 6000 years on earth, and have formed a kind of reluctant, strange and unusual relationship built on odd fascination and mutual respect.
Terry Pratchett, unfortunately, passed away before seeing the book turned live action, but Neil Gaiman has been knee deep in the production, giving fans updates and pictures as they go along. With Gaiman’s guiding hand, the fans of the book are confident that the show will stay true to the source material as possible, any changes would be sanctioned by Gaiman and pushed through for the betterment of the show. Or at least that’s the assumption.
The show features well-known fan favorites such as Jon Hamm as Gabriel, Nick Offerman playing a U.S. Ambassador, Miranda Richardson as Madame Tracy, Mark Gatiss as Harmony, Yusuf Gatewood as Famine, Mireille Enos as War, and Derek Jacobi as Metatron with the series directed by Douglas Mackinnon (Outlander, Doctor Who).
During the panel, the guests were asked what the greatest challenge of adapting from page to screen was. Both Gaiman and Mackinnon agreed with was the pure size of the book, saying that there were roughly 250 speaking parts, hundreds of locations, many CGI shots, and a story that “just kept going.”
Sheen and Hamm mentioned being fans of Gaiman’s work beforehand, citing the Sandman comics and the American Gods novel. Richardson and Tennant were both eager to join the series based on the strength of the script alone, having no prior knowledge of the book it was based on. Tennant dropped a little joke for the Doctor Who fans. “This is delicious,” Tennant recalled, talking about the script. “And I get to be a ginger!”