Neil Gaiman to Adapt Pratchett’s Good Omens for TV

After insisting he would never adapt the book he co-authored with sir Terry Pratchett Neil Gaiman was finally been convinced to write the screenplay for Good Omens in spring of last year and the person who convinced him? None other than his co-author Sir Terry Pratchett.

Apparently Gaiman only changed his mind about adapting the 1990 novel after reading a letter which Pratchett had sent to him intending for it to be read only after the Discworld creator’s death.

While at a memorial event for Pratchett at the Barbican in London in April of last year Gaiman recalled Pratchett’s longtime friend and assistant Rob Wilkins recalled asking him if he would adapt Good Omens as they were driving back from Pratchett’s house after meeting up with the ailing author for what would be one of the final times. Wilkins said he approached Gaiman because in his words “it required love, it required patience” to adapt such an iconic piece of literature but was rebuffed. Gaiman admits he was horrified at the thought “Absolutely not,” he remembers telling Wilkins “Terry and I had a deal that we would only work on Good Omens things together,” he explained. “Everything that was ever written – bookmarks and tiny little things – we would always collaborate, everything was a collaboration. So, obviously, no.”

But Terry Pratchett in typical Pratchett style had other ideas and requested that the author write an adaptation by himself, with his blessing. “At that point, I think I said, ‘You bastard, yes,’” remembers Gaiman and so began the adaptation of the story of Crowley the demon and Aziraphale the angel teaming up to deal with the (schoolboy) Antichrist into a six-part television series.
All has been quiet for the last few months until Gaiman Tweeted this little teaser:

Never has a thirty-year wait gone by so quickly nor taken so long.

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A quick Google search can bring you answers in a matter of moments. Need the recipe for a Shepard’s Pie? No problem. Want to know where the cheapest hotels are in Italy? Here’s a list. The internet has brought endless knowledge to our fingertips, and now a new search engine has been created which can help answer questions that don’t have a definitive answer.

During a TED talk yesterday. author and computer scientist Ray Kurzweil introduced a new search engine called ‘Talk to Books‘, a tool which scans over 100,000 volumes in Google Books and brings users insightful and interesting answers from relevant titles. Read More

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After the success of our Brutally Honest Book Titles blog we decided to play around with children’s titles as well. Kids can be brutally honest themselves so it is almost poetic to shine that honest light on to their classic stories.

The eight titles below have had their titles removed and had a bit of harsh reality in its place. If you have any more ideas for brutally honest book titles- do let us know!

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From drug taking to sexuality- nothing is off limits with these altered Ladybird book titles. The combination of obscenity and cutesy, retro drawings we know and love make for a very funny and entertaining read.

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Hogwarts is ready to accept you as a student- are you ready for the magic?

The sharpest minds among you may remember us reporting on the new Harry Potter game out on iOS this year. All we had to go on was a teaser trailer and a lot of hope that it will blow our minds, and developer Jam City have done their best not to disappoint. Many Potterheads will be pleased to know that some of their favourite Hogwarts actors will be providing voices, giving us a real sense of authenticity.

Check out the new trailer below…

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Exclusive Beatrix Potter Treasures Out Now

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Beatrix Potter, English writer and illustrator, has been popular for over a century and her anthropomorphic characters are still family favourites. The Royal Mint and The Westminster Collection have been creating and selling wonderful limited edition coins featuring the more popular characters, but now they’ve decided to produce something a little different.

Peter Rabbit will now be featured on a limited edition silver-plated ingot, complete with a passage from the original book. Each piece is produced to a high standard, and is a beautiful recreation of the children’s book cover.

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