Update: Well, it looks like this was too good to be true. Neil Gaiman tweeted this morning that HBO has not “officially greenlit” the series yet. Let’s hope that all the renewed interest in the project from around the internet will drum up an official decision from HBO soon.
One of the books I was absolutely obsessed with in high school was Neil Gaiman’s American Gods. While news broke 2 years ago that HBO had plans to grab the book and morph it in to a series, the news is picking up fervor now that Neil Gaiman appeared on Empire’s Film Podcast to talk more about the project. And with Game of Thrones on hiatus, the geek fandom is clamoring for some quality geek TV!
Filled with a variety of pagan gods, folklore, and magic, the show will be filled with CGI. Good thing HBO has set the budget at $40 million per season! With only 11 – 13 episodes per season, that will buy some pretty sweet effects. While it was originally slated to debut in 2013, given the lack of news between the first announcement in 2011 and now, it would seem a 2014 premiere is more plausible.
As a refresher, here’s the book description:
Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the magic day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life. But, just days before his release, Laura and Shadow’s best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home – an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday. A trickster and rogue, Wednesday seems to know more about Shadow than Shadow does himself. Life as Wednesday’s bodyguard, driver and errand boy is far more interesting and dangerous than Shadow ever imagined. It is a job that takes him on a dark and strange road trip and introduces him to a host of eccentric characters, whose fates are mysteriously intertwined with his own. Along the way, Shadow will learn that the past never dies’ that everyone, including his beloved Laura, harbors secrets; and that dreams, totems, legends and myths are more real than we know. Ultimately, Shadow will discover that, beneath the placid surface of everyday life, a storm is brewing that is an epic war for the very soul of America, and he is standing squarely in its path.