Has HBO found its next smash hit?
It seems quite likely. The network has announced that its adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s ‘American Gods’ is moving forward finally, after a few years of being stuck in developmental purgatory.
‘American Gods’ will follow Shadow, who is preparing for release from prison when he learns that his beloved wife has been killed in a car crash. The hits keep coming for Shadow, who finds himself working for a salesman named Mr. Wednesday. Shadow finds himself on the front line of a bigger battle in America, between old and new gods.
No casting news has been revealed yet, but HBO is banking heavily on the Tom Hanks produced series. The network is spending around $40 million per season, of which it intends to do six. Each season will be comprised of 10 to 12 episodes.
Gaiman recently appeared on Empire’s podcast and gave some information about the script for the pilot of the show.
“That seems to be chugging along very, very well. I did the third draft script recently and I think the biggest problem [with the first draft] was completely my fault,” Gaiman said. “I wrote this first draft script that I loved. One of the reasons I loved it was because I go to do all this new stuff that wasn’t in the book. I got to open it up. Look, the book begins with Shadow in prison, about to get out of prison, so I opened the [pilot episode so] you got to see the bank robbery that went wrong, you got to see all the things that wound up with him in prison you got to see his entire three-year stretch in prison… you’re half an hour into this thing before he’s getting out of prison – stuff like that – and it was definitely the sort of awkward, embarrassed notes from HBO where they’re going ‘Um, can you make it more like the book?’”
Are you excited for this series? Can it become the success that ‘Game of Thrones’ has for the network?