David Tennant and Michael Sheen Cast As Leads In Good Omens

There is a distinct hint of Armageddon in the air. According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (recorded, thankfully, in 1655, before she blew up her entire village and all its inhabitants, who had gathered to watch her burn), the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. So the armies of Good and Evil are amassing, the Four Bikers of the Apocalypse are revving up their mighty hogs and hitting the road, and the world’s last two remaining witch-finders are getting ready to fight the good fight, armed with awkwardly antiquated instructions and stick pins. Atlantis is rising, frogs are falling, tempers are flaring. . . . Right. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan.

Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon — each of whom has lived among Earth’s mortals for many millennia and has grown rather fond of the lifestyle — are not particularly looking forward to the coming Rapture. If Crowley and Aziraphale are going to stop it from happening, they’ve got to find and kill the Antichrist (which is a shame, as he’s a really nice kid). There’s just one glitch: someone seems to have misplaced him. . . .

Good Omens, a book I have yet to finish (even though I’ve owned it for SEVERAL years now), has found its lead Angel and Demon in Michael Sheen as Aziraphale and David Tennant as Crowley. The Amazon series will consist of 6 hour long episodes which will premiere on Amazon Prime in 2018 before airing on BBC in the UK, it’s currently unclear whether or not it will make its way to BBC America.

The book, co-written by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, who had been friends since the mid-80’s, was released in 1990 and was Gaiman’s first book. Adaptations have been in development since the early ’00s, originally a movie with Terry Gilliam at the helm and then later as a TV show with Terry Jones onboard as a writer. After Pratchett’s death in 2015, Neil Gaiman revealed that he due to a request from Pratchett he’d be the one to write the 6 episode series.

Now, I’m not sure what to do. Should I read the book and risk being disappointed by the series or do I hold off, watch the series, and then finish the book? Let me know what you guys think in the comments.

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