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Amazon greenlights series based on 'Good Omens'

Six-part series based on comedy about the approaching apocalypse will debut in 2018.

Author Neil Gaiman at a Comic-Con panel in San Diego last year.
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If you're a fan of the acclaimed comedy novel "Good Omens," Amazon Studios has some good news for you.

The Hollywood arm of the internet retail giant said Thursday it has signed a deal to produce a six-part series based on the 1990 book, which humorously chronicles the coming apocalypse as the Final Judgment is about to descend on humanity. The series, written by novel co-author Neil Gaiman and produced by the BBC's production arm BBC Studios, will debut in 2018 on Amazon Prime Video. It will then appear on the BBC in the UK.

The series is the latest in Amazon's challenging Netflix's dominance in the streaming video market. It has already scored a string of hit original programming, including "The Man in the High Castle," "Bosch" and "Sneaky Pete."

"Almost 30 years ago, Terry Pratchett and I wrote the funniest novel we could about the end of the world, populated with angels and demons, not to mention an eleven-year-old Antichrist, witchfinders and the four horsepeople of the Apocalypse," Gaiman said in a statement. "Three decades later, it's going to make it to the screen. I can't think of anyone we'd rather make it with than BBC Studios, and I just wish Sir Terry were alive to see it."

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