If you’re interested in all things related to the upcoming Good Omens adaptation on Amazon Prime & BBC Two, then we have you covered today. Also, if you feel that our headline is needlessly overlong, then you aren’t familiar with the book. The full title of which is “Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch”. It’s a mouthful, but very much inline with the tone of the story. We highly recommend picking a copy up. Anyways, earlier today SXSW announced a bevy of events tied to the show, which you can read about here. Even better (though we let it slip through the cracks a few days back), Amazon has released the opening title sequence for the show. Trust us when we say it’s just a taste of the weirdness the show has in store. See for yourself.
Outside of everything else, that’s rather wonderful. The animation itself is fantastic and the whole thing gets bigger and bigger. Good and Evil, heaven and hell, constantly at odds and wreaking havoc throughout the ages. Hopefully the show can match how great this little nugget is.
Here’s the rather handy official synopsis, for those of you who enjoy that sort of thing:
“Based on the best-selling novel by renowned authors Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, this series follows the story of Aziraphale, an angel, and Crowley, a demon, who have formed an unlikely friendship spanning 6,000 years and have grown fond of life on earth. However, the end of time grows near with the approaching Armageddon and they must now join forces to find a way to save the world.”
As a giant fan of the novel, I’ve been skeptical when it comes to turning Good Omens into a movie or series. Since way back when this was going to be a film, directed by Terry Gilliam. The book is dense in a way that’s not easily transferred to another medium. With long rambling bits and half pages dedicated to footnotes describing the breakdowns of British currencies. Yet if there was a time and place for an irreverent work, such as this, to run wild, it’s now. Plus, it helps by having Gaiman on hand, writing each episode. Should it turn out to be a lackluster series, it won’t be for lack of trying. Even if there is a massive cast assembled here. After all, people are still torn to this day on 2005’s Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy. Yes, this book is in that same wheelhouse.
We’re still a couple months away from the premiere, so there’s a chance we’ll get to see more footage between now and then. As central as Aziraphale and Crowley are to events, there’s other characters it would be nice to catch a glimpse of. Hopefully with everything going on surrounding the series at SXSW, we’ll be able to grab a peek or two. If we do, we shall report back to you all, as soon as possible. Either way, Good Omens will be a very big events, when it lands on Amazon Prime, on May 31st. Folks in the UK can check it out on BBC 2, later this year. Well, as long as Armageddon doesn’t strike between now and then.