Robert Chesley

More Epic Fantasy on Premium Cable? HBO May Develop “American Gods”

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According to Deadline, HBO and Playtone are looking to develop Neil Gaiman’s superhero epic, “American Gods” for TV.

As HBO prepares to unveil its epic-sized series adaptation of George RR Martin’s Game of Thrones this Sunday, the payweb has begun talks to acquire the Neil Gaiman novel American Gods to be developed into another fantasy series. The project was brought to HBO by Playtone partners Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, and it was brought to them by Robert Richardson. The plan is for Richardson and Gaiman to write the pilot together.

I think this makes perfect sense. I’m a huge fan of Gaiman, most notably “1602” and “Sandman”. HBO is the perfect place to blend Gaiman’s notoriously dark material with adult themes. American Gods is one of his most successful novels to date. The central precept of American Gods is that gods and mythological creatures exist because people believe in them. Immigrants to the United States brought with them dwarves, elves, leprechauns, and other spirits and gods. However, the power of these mythological beings has diminished as people’s beliefs wane. New gods have arisen, reflecting America’s obsessions with media, celebrity, technology, and drugs, among others.

Coming from the producers and filmmakers of the upcoming “Game of Thrones” show on HBO, I would expect a high quality product. I’ll be watching this closely as more news develops.

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