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Neil Gaiman on What Amazon’s ‘Good Omens’ Took From His Un-Finished Sequel With Terry Pratchett

This story originally appeared in the Movies & Limited Series issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine.

Even before author Terry Pratchett died in 2015, he and Neil Gaiman had been trying for years to get Hollywood to adapt their 1990 fantasy novel “Good Omens” (which finally debuted on Amazon Prime on May 31).

“Terry and I kept trying to find somebody that was going to make it for us,” said Gaiman, who’s since seen his 2001 novel “American Gods” turn into a series on Starz. “We would go to top writers and showrunners in the world and say ‘Good Omens’ and they would go, ‘Uhh, too weird.” But shortly before Pratchett died, Gaiman said he received a letter from his friend basically telling him he had to be the one to adapt his own work.

“I want to watch it before the lights go out,” Gaiman said Pratchett wrote him. “And then he died.

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