Here at my house, we are still not at a place where we can talk about the passing of Robin Williams with any sort of coherence. It usually just results in one or more of us descending into weepy tears of loss and heartbreak.
However, there is almost nothing more sad at this point than hearing about all of the amazing projects that could have been, had we not lost Williams too soon. But, such news keeps coming, most recently in the form of a dream project featuring the remarkable combination of Williams, Johnny Depp, Terry Gilliam, and Neil Gaiman.
According to Cinema Blend and confirmed by Neil Gaiman himself via Twitter, Terry Gilliam had intended on re-teaming with both Williams and Depp to bring Gaiman and Terry Patchett's novel, Good Omens, to the big screen. Good Omens tells the heroic tale of rare book dealer/angel Aziraphale and his demonic pal Crowley as they team up to prevent the end of the world. Williams was Gilliam's choice to play Aziraphale and as a huge fan of the novel, I can attest that this would have been absolutely perfect casting.
Pardon me. I need to ugly cry again.
While Good Omens struggled to find funding, Terry Gilliam is not a director who gives up, and I never doubted that he would find financing for this project eventually. But without Williams? I'm not sure I can picture anyone else in the role of Aziraphale anymore.
Yet, two other Gaiman adaptations are currently in the works: John Cameron Mitchell's version of How to Talk to Girls at Parties and Steven Spielberg's film adaptation of Gaiman's graphic novel version of Hansel and Gretel.