Tom Hanks is All in for American Gods

Posted by Michael Sacco on Jun 12, 2011 in Television

Genre fans the world over rejoiced when the news broke that HBO had optioned Neil Gaiman’s American Gods for production into a TV series under the direction of Playtone. Now it looks like there’s even more good news — Tom Hanks has officially signed on to the project as executive producer, with Gaiman as head writer and executive producer himself. The six planned seasons are 10-12 episodes each, and the budget ($35-40 million per season) is fairly high, but bear in mind it’s probably going to be a while: HBO is aiming for a 2013 release “at the earliest.” Read more…

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Ye Gods! HBO to Produce a Gaiman Favorite for TV

Posted by Michael Sacco on Apr 15, 2011 in Television

American Gods

If you’re a genre reader, you’ve probably read Neil Gaiman’s work, whether Good Omens, his fan-favorite book with Terry Pratchett, or his recently-a-motion-picture kids’ tale Coraline. And if you’re a fan, as most of his readers are, then the news that HBO is in talks to pick up his bestselling novel American Gods to produce as a TV series will likely excite you to the very core. The source material — a battle between the old gods from various countries and faiths and the new “American gods” of technology, consumption, and celebrity — is perfect for HBO, and even better for a TV show. No worrying about it fitting in a single film or even miniseries. As long as it can avoid the fate of a certain other fantastical HBO show, anyway. Read more…

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