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Friday, April 15, 2011

American Gods headed to HBO!

Great news out of the land of HBO. It looks like a deal for adapting Neil Gaiman's novel American Gods into a series for the network is well underway.  According to Deadline, HBO's interest was piqued after a presentation from Playtone partners Gary Goestzman and Tom Hanks.  I am so stoked for this to happen as we're talking about the coming together of one of my two favorite authors and the network that is responsible for some of the greatest series in the history of television. I mean take the author of Stardust, Neverwhere, Caroline and Sandman(maybe the best extended comic run of all time) and the network that brought us The Wire, Deadwood, Band of Brothers and The Sopranos to create an adult dark fantasy series, how could this be anything less than fantastic?

For those of you out there who haven't had a chance to pick up and read the great book(what are you waiting for go buy it now!) American Gods tells the story of the struggle for America's soul.  I don't mean that metaphorically, I mean that literally. The main conceit of the book is that when man believes in something enough it will coalesce and become real.  This means that when people emigrated to America they brought with them not only their belief in ancient gods and folklore, but they literally brought these gods with them.  Unfortunately for the ancient gods as belief wanes so does their power, so you could have weakened gods in the mold a leprechaun or Odin and they are now forced to deal with new powerful gods like technology, celebrity or drugs. Now I ask you, does that not sound like the perfect type of project for HBO?

Word is that Gaiman will be cowriting the screenplay with Robert Richardson who is a multi-Oscar winning cinematographer noted for his work with Oliver Stone, Quentin Tarrantino and Martin Scorsese.  Hopefully they'll be able to work out this deal and we will be getting to see American Gods on TV soon.  In the meantime, make sure you don't forget to check out HBO's latest foray into fantasy with Game of Thrones based on the amazing series of books from George RR Martin.  The first episode premiers this Sunday and you can expect a full review on Monday.

So are you ready for some adult fantasy from HBO?  Do you love these books as much as I do(you can get more info or purchase American Gods: A Novel or A Game of Thrones (Song of Ice and Fire) by clicking the links)?  Is HBO now the preferable destination for adapted works as opposed to feature films?  Let me know what you think.

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