Good Omens: No Depp for You!
Quite some time ago, in a forum thread now lost to the ages, a discussion took place about the works of Douglas Adams. In that thread I made one of the few statements that I will always stand by (Unlike a lot of the crap I usually post on this site, which if ever questioned on I will more than likely disavow any knowledge of). The statement I’m referring to went something like this:
There are two kinds of people in this world: There are those who have read, been affected by and see the world differently as a result of reading the works of Douglas Adams. Then there are those who continue to waste our oxygen.
Personally I don’t think there will ever be another author who will come close to being as original and inspired as Adams, There has however been an instance where two authors, working together, have come close: When Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett collaborated on the brilliant novel Good Omens.
The novel tells the story of what happens when the representative of heaven (Aziraphale) and the representative of hell (Anthony Crowley) attempt to thwart the oncoming Apocalypse by influencing the upbringing of the Antichrist, in such a way that he (said antichrist) will never be able to decide between the forces of good and the forces of evil. Thus ensuring that Aziraphale and Crowley (who was actually the serpent in the garden of eden) can maintain their easy assignments on/in the realm of mankind. Despite the fact that I just made the book sound like the equivalent of inhaling razor blades it is the kind of novel that you can’t read in public, without people thinking you’re hopped up on some kind of illicit giddy making drug.
For some time now Terry Gilliam (Time Bandits, Brazil, Twelve Monkeys) has been associated with an attempt to have the novel turned into a movie. While this has been something of an on again off again project it seems to be officially in the on position once again now that Stephen Evans (The Madness of King George, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind) has stepped into the role of producer. Sadly though Johnny Depp, who has long been associated with playing the role of Anthony Crowley, will be unavailable due to his commitment to other projects. A pity because, in my mind at least, Depp would have been the perfect choice for the role.
I’m a huge fan of Gilliam’s work and despite my disappointment with The Brothers Grimm I can’t think of another director I’d rather see take this film into production. Good Omens is set to start filming during our Summer (U.S Winter) so hopefully we wont have to wait too long to find out some solid casting news. [source]