Deadline reported on Monday that FremantleMedia has secured the rights to Neil Gaiman’s 2001 novel “American Gods” and plans to make a TV series based on it. Gaiman will serve as executive producer alongside FremantleMedia.
Tom Hanks’ production company Playtone and HBO originally had an option on the book. However it went through three different pilot scripts before the company handed it off to Cinemax. When Cinemax decided they didn’t want to do it the option expired.
On his blog Gaiman said that further details on the project, such as where to see it, actors and writers, have yet to be settled. He also said it looks like the development will run much smoother than it did at HBO.
“American Gods” is one of the most critically acclaimed fantasy novels in recent years. It has been translated into 30 languages and has won the Hugo, Nebula and Bram Stoker Awards for Best Novel. Here is a synopsis of the novel provided by HitFlix.
“‘Gods’ blends fantasy, religion, mythology and Americana as it deals with the “Old Gods” of the Bible and mythology losing ground in the modern world as more people shift their belief and faith to “New Gods” which reflect society’s worship of money, technology, pop culture, celebrity and drugs. Against this backdrop, an ex-con named Shadow Moon falls in league with a con man named Mr. Wednesday, who is actually an incarnation of the Norse god Odin, on a quest to gather recruits for an upcoming war against the New Gods.”
The author also announced on his blog that a miniseries based on his “American Gods” spinoff book “Anansi Boys” is also in the works. British production company RED is developing the series for the BBC. Gaiman says the difference between the two series is the “American Gods” series will be ongoing and will need to tell stories beyond the book while the “Anansi Boys” series will stick solely to the book.
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