“Good Omens” currently in Limbo.

Must be good-book-Monday or something for me. Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s funny book about the Apocalypse,
Good Omens
, was licensed to be made into a feature film by Terry Gilliam some time back and I’ve been looking forward to it for awhile. Alas, it seems the movie has been having trouble raising the needed financing to actually get made. Seems the folks in Hollywood are having trouble getting their heads around the idea of a comedy about the Apocalypse. According to SciFi Wire, Gilliam still hopes to be able to make the movie if they can find the money to do it and he’s excited to have landed the project.

Gilliam described the story as right up his alley. “Anything that has to do with good and evil, heaven and hell, the Antichrist, angels and devils and the apocalypse I’ve always found interesting,” he said. “On top of that, to have a comic version of all that is great. It’s a wonderful book, incredibly funny and it’s actually full of too much stuff to put onto film. But the basic tale [is filmable].”

The book was pretty good and I hope they’re able to pull it together and get it done as I think Gilliam could really do it justice.

6 thoughts on ““Good Omens” currently in Limbo.

  1. i love the new look les. and arent you just so excited about harry potter??? eek! we can barely contain ourselves. smile

  2. Thank you! And yes, I’m totally geeked about it. Can’t afford to buy the book at the moment so the fact that it’s coming out in June gives me time to save up my pennies. Now we just have to figure out who in the house gets to read it first. wink

  3. We have problems in this house with certain books. For instance, when the new George R.R. Martin comes out, I don’t stand a snowball’s chance in hell of getting to read it before Kim does.

    [sigh]

  4. Oh, and that’s a damn shame about Good Omens. I love that book. I hope American Gods doesn’t get the same treatment from Hollywood.

  5. I’m actually in the middle of reading Good Omens for the first time right now. I’m really enjoying it, but I’ve read many of Pratchett’s Discworld books and every single damned thing that Neil Gaiman has ever committed to print, so I didn’t expect not to enjoy it, per se, just not to enjoy it as wholeheartedly as I seem to be enjoying it.

    Man, I can’t wait for Armageddon.

    I also believe that Gilliam is the only person remotely qualified to turn that book or Adams’ Hitchiker novels into film. No one else could do it correctly.

  6. I am constantly checking to see when Good Omens will be made into a film. The book itself is so full of imagery that it sometimes reads like a script. I Know that Terry Gilliam is the right man for the job. His main worry won’t be bringing the film to life, it will be keeping the sticky fingers of the suits in Hollywood away from the creative process.
    I really can’t wait for this project to come to fruition.

    Best moment. Crowley and Aziraphale drunkenly discussing eternity. ‘Seems a lot of effort just to sharpen a beak’

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