American Gods - The TV Series

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American Gods - The TV Series

Postby Bouncy Castle » Wed Aug 24, 2011 2:15 pm

HBO is making Neil Gaiman's American Gods into a TV series.

From Digital Spy:

Neil Gaiman has insisted that HBO will not "soften" his novel American Gods.

Gaiman previously insisted that the cable network's adaptation of his 2001 book will remain "faithful" to the source material.

Speaking recently at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, the author added: "I want to keep races and nationalities [the same]. I don't want it to become softened and homogenised, and I want it to be prickly."

Gaiman insisted that he has faith in Tom Hanks's production company Playtone, which will produce the series for HBO.

"They've made a lot of series for HBO and they seem really smart," he said. "They love [the novel] for what it is and don't want to soften it."

He also praised Oscar-winning cinematographer Robert Richardson, who will make his directorial debut on the American Gods project.

"He loves it [and] he has all these great, mad ideas," Gaiman explained. "Having fallen in love with it while other people fell by the wayside, he stayed with it."

The fantasy scribe went on to confirm that he will begin work on the adaptation "within a couple of weeks".

"I got the email yesterday saying that the final contractual to's and fro's have been sorted out," he announced. "I should be free within a couple of weeks to start writing."
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Postby pip » Wed Aug 24, 2011 2:27 pm

Excellent.
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Postby pip » Wed Aug 24, 2011 2:32 pm

Knew i'd heard it before :lol:
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Postby DaveC » Wed Aug 24, 2011 2:37 pm

Tonyblack wrote:See here as well. :wink:
Was going to say, 'I could've sworn someone started a thread on this already. ;)

Glad for the update, though. :)
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Postby pip » Wed Aug 24, 2011 2:39 pm

From the Guardian this week. (Better than the Mail :wink:)



Neil Gaiman is to start work "in a couple of weeks" on adapting his bestselling novel American Gods into a TV series for the American cable channel HBO.

Speaking at the Guardian Book Club at the Edinburgh international book festival, the author said: "I got the email yesterday saying that the final contractual tos and fros have been sorted out and I should be free within a couple of weeks to start writing."

Gaiman, 50, is the British-born, US-based novelist, short-story writer and screenwriter widely regarded as having redefined the graphic novel, notably with his comic book series The Sandman.

His first "straight" novel, Neverwhere, was a version of his 1996 BBC screenplay of the same name. American Gods is his bestselling novel which, on the 10th anniversary of its publication this year, was re-published with an extra 12,000 words of material that had been excised from the first edition.

He is planning a full-scale sequel to the book and, he said, "at least two" shorter spin-offs featuring the story's main character, Shadow.

Robert Richardson will make his directorial debut with the HBO series. As a cinematographer, the double Oscar-winner has worked on the Quentin Tarantino films Kill Bill and Inglourious Basterds, and on Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island.

"He loves it, he has all these great, mad ideas," said Gaiman. "Having fallen in love with it while other people fell by the wayside, he stayed with it." Gaiman plans to write the pilot, the last episode and maybe some in the middle.

Tom Hanks's production company, Playtone, is to produce the show. Gaiman said he hoped the makers would remain faithful to the book.

"They've made a lot of series for HBO and they seem really smart and they love it for what it is and don't want to soften it.

American Gods is based on the premise that the gods of ancient mythology exist in present-day America and are kept alive by people's belief in them.

Gaiman said: "The joy of writing a novel like this is being able to take something you could see as a metaphor and making it real. For me the result was all these down-at-heel gods scrabbling for what little belief they could get and pumping gas or working as small-town plumbers in a desperate effort to keep their heads above water."

He said the story would make a better TV series than a film. "Over the years I've had phone calls from major directors or major actors. They say, 'I want to make it into a movie,' and I say, 'Great. How?' And at that point I would always have to apologise for the fact that I wrote it while I was doing a couple of screenplays, and was incredibly grumpy at the idea of doing 124-page stories with beginnings, middles and ends and was determined that the novel should be formless and would have lots of ends, and several beginnings, and middles all over the place. So I actually like the idea that HBO are doing it.

"The stuff that I had the most concern about going in, because it's the stuff that America has the most keenness to jettison, is the racial aspect of things," he said.

Speaking of possible casting for Shadow, he said: "Shadow is of mixed race and I wanted to find an actor who has that thing going. An actor who turned up after American Gods was written and, if he hadn't have become huge would have been perfect, was Dwayne 'the Rock' Johnson because he has this huge bulk, and doesn't look terribly smart – which is one of the fun things about Shadow: he's smarter than people assume.

"I want to keep races and nationalities. I don't want it to become softened and homogenised, and I want it to be prickly," he said.
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Postby Bouncy Castle » Wed Aug 24, 2011 2:53 pm

Digital Spy:

Producer Gary Goetzman has revealed some of the first details about HBO's proposed adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Hugo Award-winning novel American Gods.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the series is being planned as spanning six seasons, each consisting of between ten and 12 episodes.

Goetzman has claimed that the show will have an expected budget of $35 to $40 million for each season, and has suggested that most of the budget will be spent on visual effects.

"There are some crazy things in there," Goetzman said of plans for the show. "We'll probably be doing more effects in there than it's been done on a television series."

Despite Gaiman's previous claims that American Gods had been optioned as a film, it was confirmed in April that HBO were planning to adapt the novel into a new series.

American Gods tells the story of an ex-con called Shadow, who finds himself caught in a war between the old classic gods of mythology and the new gods of the world.

The show is expected to launch on HBO in 2013 at the earliest.
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Postby Willem » Wed Aug 24, 2011 6:22 pm

Wow. 6 seasons! Here's hoping they get to finish the run and it won't stop halfway in the story - which I could see happening with A Game of Thrones.
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Postby Quatermass » Wed Aug 24, 2011 11:55 pm

I guess if you were going to keep the sex and violence in, HBO's your man. I mean, look at Rome. I know that's not an adaptation, but damn.
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Postby pip » Thu Aug 25, 2011 8:59 am

Game of Thrones stayed very loyal to the books warts and all as well so should be good :D
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Postby Bouncy Castle » Thu Aug 25, 2011 9:29 am

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Re: American Gods - The TV Series

Postby Bouncy Castle » Tue Feb 04, 2014 11:45 am

http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/ustv/news/a ... works.html

Looks like AG - The Series is back on again.
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Re: American Gods - The TV Series

Postby Jan Van Quirm » Tue Feb 04, 2014 12:03 pm

I just finished reading it :lol: Glad that Neil seems to have stuck to his guns with the project - it would be horrible to have this one dumbed down :naughty:
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Re: American Gods - The TV Series

Postby Catch-up » Fri Feb 07, 2014 1:37 pm

I'll have to re-read that one. I can't remember it very well. Although I remember liking it and I would love to see the show!
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Re: American Gods - The TV Series

Postby michelanCello » Fri Feb 14, 2014 8:14 pm

Can't wait for this project to happen, loved American Gods!
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