Neil Gaiman’s ‘Good Omens’ gets sequel

Published June 30, 2021, 7:14 PM

by Punch Liwanag

The hit fantasy novel gets a second crack on TV.

Michael Sheen and David Tennant are returning for the Amazon Prime Video sequel of Neil Gaiman and Terry Practchett’s “Good Omens.”

The first “Good Omens” adaptation premiered on Amazon prime in 2019. It follows the angel Aziraphale and the demon Crowley, beings put on earth to oversee and influence the race of man for their respective sides.

Aziraphale (Sheen) and Crowley (Tennant) 6,000-year stay on Earth had eventually made them grow fond of Earth and man and it’s trappings that when the time came that their respective management eventually called for Armaggedon, it fell upon these two to stall the coming end of times.

The series ran for six-episodes.

“Good Omens” is originally the hit fantasy novel collaboration of authors Neil Gaiman and the late Terry Pratchett. Gaiman is running “Good Omens 2” alongside director Douglas Mackinnon.

“It’s thirty-one years since ‘Good Omens’ was published, which means it’s thirty-two years since Terry Pratcett and I lay in our respective beds in a Seattle hotel room at a World Fantasy Convention, and plotted the sequel,” Gaiman said.

Terry Pratchett died before the two were able to work on the outline that Gaiman mentioned. But the latter was able to work some ideas into the 2019 adaptation.  

“I got to use bits of the sequel in ‘Good Omens’ (TV adaptation), that’s where our angels came from. Terry’s not here any longer, but when he was, we had talked about what we wanted to do and that’s where the story went next,” added Gaiman.

“And now, thanks to BBC studios and Amazon, I get to take it there. I have enlisted some wonderful collaborators, and John Finnemore has come on board to carry the torch with me.”

“Good Omens” is the second Neil Gaiman book that has been reinterpreted for the Amazon streaming platform.

Gaiman’s “American Gods” was also adapted for TV and is also exclusively available on the streaming platform.

“Good Omens 2” is shooting on location in Scotland and is estimated to be available in 2022.