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."
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