With positive buzz surrounding HBO’s Game of Thrones premiere this Sunday night (some of it coming from this very site), is the network attempting to snatch up the rights to another beloved nerd property? Fortunately, the answer to that question is a resounding hell yes. Vulture is reporting that HBO is in the initial stages of producing an American Gods series:
HBO is developing Neil Gaiman‘s American Gods for series, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The popular 2001 novel
details the adventures of an ex-convict named Shadow, laying out a
battle between two sets of gods. (One set, the traditional spiritual
gods and mythological creatures, is in danger of being supplanted by “a
new set of gods, who reflect America’s preoccupation with technological
advancements and obsessions with media, celebrity, technology and
drugs.”) The project comes from Playtone, Tom Hanks’s production
company, also behind Big Love and Band of Brothers.
Now a development deal doesn’t necessarily mean this will make it to series, so it’s probably best not to get too excited just yet. But the property does have a decent fanbase and enough True Blood-esque crossover appeal to make it worth taking a risk on. Expect to hear much more on this in the coming months. (Especially if Game of Thrones is a success). If you can’t wait, I suppose you’ll have to make do with the above fan-created opening credits sequence. Casting thoughts anyone?
Chris Cummins is a pop culture writer and Archie comics historian who has contributed to The Robot's Voice, Den of Geek US, Philebrity, Geekadelphia, Uproxx, and Unicorn Booty. He is the co-producer and co-host of Nerd Nite Philadelphia, and is regularly involved in producing and hosting New York Super Week events. In 2014, Chris began Sci-Fi Explosion, a mix of live performance, trivia and funny clips celebrating the weirdest in science fiction that regularly travels around the United States. He wrote the introductions to the compilations Archie's Favorite Comics From The Vault and (with Paul Castiglia) Archie's Favorite High School Stories. You can find Chris on Twitter at @bionicbigfoot and @scifiexplosion.