A TV series is once again in development based on the Neil Gaiman novel American Gods. The story, which tells of a conflict between two factions of gods, old and new, and the man named Shadow who is caught in the middle, was previously in development at HBO. But that effort faltered. Now, Freemantle Medi is developing a new show, which will air on Starz. Even better, the pilot is being scripted by Bryan Fuller (Hannibal, Pushing Daisies, Heroes) and Michael Green (The River, Kings, Heroes). Green will serve as showrunner, and exec produce the series with Fuller and Gaiman. There’s a lot of good news in there; we’e got more info on this Bryan Fuller American Gods project below. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, June 13th, 2014 by Angie Han
You may recall that a few years back, HBO was planning a six-season adaptation of Neil Gaiman‘s American Gods. You may also have noticed that that it never actually came to pass. So what happened? Michael Lombardo, HBO’s president of programming, has the answer. Find out what it is after the jump.
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Once upon a time, Neil Gaiman‘s novel American Gods was bound for HBO, with rumored notions developing for a six-series adaptation that would feature new material in addition to the original storyline of the novel. The story, about a man who is drawn into a conflict between gods old and new, is certainly big enough for several seasons.
American Gods slowed down at HBO last year, however, and in November Gaiman told Reddit that the show was no longer at HBO. “There is an American Gods TV series in the works. It’s no longer with HBO. The moment that things are ready to be announced I am sure they will be, either legitimately or via a leak in a big Hollywood Agency mailroom.”
Now FremantleMedia North America has picked up the rights to the book, and has Gaiman onboard to exec produce a series. Read More »
There’s a certain risk in falling in love with an HBO show. Talk to fans of Deadwood, Carnivale and/or Rome and you’ll hear bitter tales like those spat out by jilted lovers. That won’t be the case with Game of Thrones, say HBO execs, who during a press tour today addressed plans for the show’s future. Along with that talk, there was brief mention of the upcoming adaptation of Neil Gaiman‘s American Gods, which is still in the very early stages. Read More »
Plans made by HBO and Tom Hanks’ Playtone Productions to adapt Neil Gaiman‘s novel American Gods to television are even more elaborate than we expected. In April we learned that cinematographer Robert Richardson had brought the novel to Playtone, which in turn made a deal with HBO. But we didn’t know any details of how the adaptation would go, other than that Neil Gaiman would work on the pilot script with Mr. Richardson.
Now it seems that the companies plan a whopping six seasons based on the one novel. Or ‘inspired by’ might be more accurate, as drawing six seasons out of the novel will likely require writing a good deal of new material. But if Neil Gaiman is involved in that process, that new material could be a gift to his fans. Read More »
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HBO is getting behind Game of Thrones in a big way, and the company seems to think that fantasy could be the way to go into the future. So the channel is now negotiating a deal for the rights to Neil Gaiman‘s novel American Gods, and the current plan is for Robert Richardson (yes, the cinematographer) and Neil Gaiman to jointly script the pilot. Read More »