Neil Gaiman's American Gods enters pre-production at HBO


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HBO are developing a TV series based on Neil Gaiman's novel AMERICAN GODS and its-as-yet-unwritten sequel. After a year or so in early development, the series has entered active pre-production, with Gaiman recently revealing that he is busy writing the pilot episode. Based on this, I suspect we'll see this on screens by late 2014 or early 2015 (assuming the pilot is successful), potentially replacing either TREME or TRUE BLOOD (assuming the rumours over that show ending after a 6th or 7th season are accurate).

No casting news as yet. Gaiman envisages the first season adapating the novel, the second season dealing with the fall-out from that (and possibly adapting his AMERICAN GODS short stories) and presumably the third season adapting AMERICAN GODS II, if he can write it in time.

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Cool. I just saw Gaiman at an event Saturday night, surpised He did not mention it then.


Is this true? I just read this this mid summer 2013, and I can't believe it. American Gods might be my favourite novel ever!

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Really? American Gods doesn't strike me as the kind of novel that would do well in a screen adaptation. All the things that kept me from liking the book would be 10 times worse on TV.

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I LOVED the novel. Can't wait to see how do they do it. I'm hopeful, considering ASOIAF.

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RainyDayNinja wrote:
Really? American Gods doesn't strike me as the kind of novel that would do well in a screen adaptation. All the things that kept me from liking the book would be 10 times worse on TV.

Gaiman actually addressed this somewhere, though I can't remember where exactly. I recall seeing him write that the adaptation to the TV show will have a reconstruction of the story to make it more clear and I don't know, linear. You know, like an actual plot.

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Lord Snow wrote:
RainyDayNinja wrote:
Really? American Gods doesn't strike me as the kind of novel that would do well in a screen adaptation. All the things that kept me from liking the book would be 10 times worse on TV.
Gaiman actually addressed this somewhere, though I can't remember where exactly. I recall seeing him write that the adaptation to the TV show will have a reconstruction of the story to make it more clear and I don't know, linear. You know, like an actual plot.

I was thinking more of the middle half of the book, which largely consisted of Shadow sitting around in a small town, literally just waiting for something interesting to happen.

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That can be glossed over...


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RainyDayNinja wrote:
Lord Snow wrote:
RainyDayNinja wrote:
Really? American Gods doesn't strike me as the kind of novel that would do well in a screen adaptation. All the things that kept me from liking the book would be 10 times worse on TV.
Gaiman actually addressed this somewhere, though I can't remember where exactly. I recall seeing him write that the adaptation to the TV show will have a reconstruction of the story to make it more clear and I don't know, linear. You know, like an actual plot.
I was thinking more of the middle half of the book, which largely consisted of Shadow sitting around in a small town, literally just waiting for something interesting to happen.

Maybe they can get David Lynch to do that bit. ;)


Kajehase wrote:
RainyDayNinja wrote:
Lord Snow wrote:
RainyDayNinja wrote:
Really? American Gods doesn't strike me as the kind of novel that would do well in a screen adaptation. All the things that kept me from liking the book would be 10 times worse on TV.
Gaiman actually addressed this somewhere, though I can't remember where exactly. I recall seeing him write that the adaptation to the TV show will have a reconstruction of the story to make it more clear and I don't know, linear. You know, like an actual plot.
I was thinking more of the middle half of the book, which largely consisted of Shadow sitting around in a small town, literally just waiting for something interesting to happen.
Maybe they can get David Lynch to do that bit. ;)

That would be *cool*!


RainyDayNinja wrote:
Really? American Gods doesn't strike me as the kind of novel that would do well in a screen adaptation. All the things that kept me from liking the book would be 10 times worse on TV.

I would never had said that "Stardust" makes a great movie, but he made it awesome.

Really liking this.


Stardust, OTOH, has a very clear plot.


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I really enjoyed american gods, and would be really interested to see this. The world felt really rich to me with alot of room for something like a tv show to go after the novel and a potential sequel are covered.


Update. Neil Gaiman has delivered his third draft of a pilot script and apparently HBO are very happy with it.


AMERICAN GODS no longer in development at HBO. According to Gaiman, the project has moved to another network and another formal announcement will follow.


Variety: "Neil Gaiman’s ‘American Gods’ Lands Series Greenlight at Starz"

Scarab Sages

Looking forward to this. Between it and Black Sails, Starz is becoming a favorite.


Updates:

Back in January, they announced Ricky Whittle (Lincoln of The 100) cast as Shadow.

Today, in Holy-Sh!t-Perfect-Casting, they announced Ian McShane (Al Swearengen of Deadwood, tons of other stuff) cast as Wednesday.

Filming starts this April.

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Abed Nadir wrote:

Updates:

Back in January, they announced Ricky Whittle (Lincoln of The 100) cast as Shadow.

Today, in Holy-Sh!t-Perfect-Casting, they announced Ian McShane (Al Swearengen of Deadwood, tons of other stuff) cast as Wednesday.

Filming starts this April.

I could not think of anyone more appropriate than McShane for Wednesday.

Scarab Sages

Woot!


Production started this week with the first table-read.

The show is being shot in Toronto and McShane and Whittle were on hand for the table read, along with producer Bryan Fuller. Interestingly, Fuller is doing some writing but he won't be showrunner, having instead taken up the showrunner gig on the new STAR TREK TV series.


More casting news:

Emily Browning as Laura Moon
Sean Harris as Mad Sweeney
Yetide Badaki as Bilquis
Bruce Langley as Technical Boy
Crispin Glover as Mr. World
Jonathan Tucker as Low Key Lyesmith
Cloris Leachman as Zorya Vechernyaya
Peter Stormare as Czernobog
Chris Obi as Anubis
Mousa Kraish as The Jinn


Ambrosia Slaad wrote:

More casting news...

Sean Harris as Mad Sweeney

Harris has apparently stepped down for personal/family reasons; Pablo Schreiber is now cast to play Mad Sweeney.

And the new goddess, Media, will be played by... Gillian Anderson. (Yay!)


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Ambrosia Slaad wrote:
Ambrosia Slaad wrote:

More casting news...

Sean Harris as Mad Sweeney

Harris has apparently stepped down for personal/family reasons; Pablo Schreiber is now cast to play Mad Sweeney.

And the new goddess, Media, will be played by... Gillian Anderson. (Yay!)

Huzzah for Gillian Anderson, but this is the only face that comes to mind when I imagine Mad Sweeney.


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First trailer.

Nicely done, I thought.


Oooo, the goddess Easter will be played by Kristin Chenoweth!


God the casting of this show is amazing. Still really looking forward to Gillian Anderson as Media

I do wonder though...is there any idea how they are adapting this? is season 1 going to cover all of the first book, or are they going to stretch it out more?


MMCJawa wrote:

God the casting of this show is amazing. Still really looking forward to Gillian Anderson as Media

I do wonder though...is there any idea how they are adapting this? is season 1 going to cover all of the first book, or are they going to stretch it out more?

I caught a clip of Neil speaking about this on the panel (it might have been on the Nerdist, can't remember for certain) and he said that the show will stretch beyond the boundaries of the book. He seems excited for this because he'll get to see what happens with the characters when they're not in the narrative of his story, and he'll get to see what happens to Mad Sweeney and Laura outside of what was written in the book.

So it's not a mini-series, which means we'll get more than one season, and get stories about the gods and other characters that weren't included in the book.

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