American Gods...The HBO series?
Neil Gaiman’s novel American Gods has enough mythology references to tickle any myth geek’s toes. The novel is dense with names of gods, heroes and mythological creatures with a main focus on Norwegian and the new ‘American’ gods like TV, cars, electricity, and the Internet. The story is set in modern America where the new gods rule and the old gods roam, forgotten, through cities and towns reminiscing about the good old days.
The novel follows Shadow, the main character, who has just finished serving time in prison. While on an airplane, he meets Mr. Wednesday a strange man in a white suit who knows things about Shadow that no one else does. Wednesday mentions a storm is coming and he isn’t talking about the storm causing the turbulence on the airplane. Without realizing it, Shadow falls head first into a war between gods old and new.
American Gods takes readers on a fantastical journey across America and because of the epic proportion of this novel and the excellent writing; the book has won numerous awards including the Hugo and the Nebula. However, it seems that American Gods will soon not just be a book but an HBO series, too.
HBO announced in April 2011 that it would partner with the Playtone production company and begin working on adapting a series based on the novel. Playtone is owned by Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman and the company has produced many notable movies and series in its lifetime including Castaway (2000) and the HBO series Band of Brothers (2001), The Pacific (2010), and John Adams (2008). American Gods is expected in 2013 and HBO anticipates the series to be a sprawling six seasons. Now, six seasons seem excessive for one book. The series Game of Thrones at least has one season per book, but how will HBO pull off six seasons?
They might pull it off if they can use some plot from Neil Gaiman's Anansi Boys which has been described as a ‘sort of’ sequel to American Gods. Also, Gaiman has hinted in various interviews that he is already working on an American Gods 2. Maybe the sequel will be finished in time before the series comes out.