If you've read Terry Prachett and Neil Gaiman's hilarious fantasy novel Good Omens , and if you're at all familiar with the films of Terry Gilliam, it's easy to see how the two must come together at some point. There's been talk of Gilliam directing the film version for some time, and while nothing appears to be set in stone, there remains a spark of life in the project. "I've been working on it for quite a while, but it's a big budget," Gilliam said in an interview posted to Sci Fi Wire. "I was doing this before The Brothers Grimm, before Tideland, but it needs A-list stars to work -- to get the money is what I mean -- and none of the A-list stars are right for the part. That's what's frustrating."

The novel is basically a humorous look at the coming of the anti-christ, told with a marvelously absurd British wit. Gilliam is American, but his nightmarishly bizarre cartoons for Monty Python's Flying Circus meshed seamlessly with the contributions of his British colleagues. Gilliam says he's frustrated with the Hollywood system. "Here's my beef with Hollywood," he says. "Before The Brothers Grimm, we went out to Hollywood to get [Good Omens] made. We had raised $45 million from the rest of the world, and we needed $15 [million] out of Hollywood. I had two actors, Johnny Depp and Robin Williams. I couldn't get $15 million out of Hollywood with those two people. They said, 'Johnny, nah, he does those European art movies, Chocolat, The Man Who Cried, and Robin -- his career is finished.' And now there's Pirates of the Caribbean." Co-author Neil Gaiman, whose work on Sandman for DC Comics was one of the absolute peaks of the comics form, is also keen on the idea of Gilliam adapting the book. Gaiman recently spoke with RU Sirius of 10 Zen Monkeys and revealed what he and Prachett asked from Gilliam in exchange for the rights to Good Omens. "Terry Pratchett and I put our heads together," said Gaiman, "and thought; well, we really want Terry Gilliam to make it. We want this to be a Terry Gilliam film. We don't want this to be an anybody-else film. We've said no to lots of people who want to make it into a cool big commercial film. We like the idea of it being a Terry Gilliam film. So we put our heads together and we decided that it should cost him a groat. And I don't believe they've actually made groats, which is an old English coin worth about four pence since about the 1780s. Which means he is going to have to go to EBay."

For the record, I will personally scrape together a groat if it means Gilliam gets to make this film. Are you with me, people?
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