Jun 13, 2011

American Gods on HBO in 2013

From The Hollywood Reporter:

Tom Hanks’ Playtone Productions is set to produce an open-ended series, American Gods, for HBO, based on Neil Gaiman’s award-winning novel, while the company’s next project, Major Matt Mason, is in talks with Robert Zemeckis to direct in 3D, Playtone partner Gary Goetzman told The Hollywood Reporter.

The series-in-development, revolving around the question “are you a god if no one believes in you?” is executive produced by Goetzman and Hanks, with Bob Richardson, and Gaiman on board as executive producer and writer.

Now slated for six seasons, each season will be of 10-12, hour-long episodes with a budget of around $35-40 million per season, targeted to debut on the cable powerhouse in 2013 at the earliest.

Rich in religious folklore that spanned millennia and featuring deities from Greek and Nordic mythology, and even the Judeo-Christian monotheistic God making an appearance, in the contemporary U.S., American Gods will be effects-heavy to do justice to the awe-inspiring power of the divine beings. “There are some crazy things in there. We’ll probably be doing more effects in there than it’s been done on a television series,” said Goetzman.

I am not sure I'm terribly excited about this. American Gods is not a book that could sustain even two, let alone six seasons of a well made TV show. Then again, the setting is compelling enough that HBO might simply decide to use only fragments of the story and make their own with Neil Gaiman's characters. Which, if you think about it, would not be such a bad thing. Still, it's a project that could easily turn very, very wrong.

Incidentally, this is the cover of the Spanish hardcover edition of the book. Pretty awesome, eh?

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