HBO keeps playing for geeks. This Sunday they begin the first season of Game Of Thrones, a medieval fantasy series. And now they’re in talks to adapt Neil Gaiman’s novel American Gods, a more modern fantasy story. The book finds the traditional gods of the old pantheons waning, while newer gods - based on fame, drugs, the Internet and more modern aspects of life - are coming into their own. An ex-con named Shadow gets pulled into the center of the conflict.
Gaiman will be co-writing the series along with Robert Richardson, the brilliant cinematographer of Kill Bill and Inglorious Basterds; he won an Oscar for JFK. I’m kind of psyched to see what sort of input a cinematographer brings to a script like this. At the very least an American Gods series will look fucking incredible.
By the way, I’m not a huge fan of the book. I kind of dislike it. I’ll still be very excited to see how it fares in adaptation, assuming HBO does pick it up as a miniseries.