There’s Finally Some Movement With Neil Gaiman’s AMERICAN GODS TV Series
Back in November author Neil Gaiman revealed via his Reddit AMA that the TV adaptation on his novel American Gods was still in the works, but it was no longer with HBO. Gaiman said that the time would come where news would hit about that series as soon as they were ready to announce. Well that time is right now. It is being reported that FreemantleMedia has gained the rights to make the long gestating show.
An America God series has been in the works for man, many years and several networks were interested in working with the author. HBO made a few serious movements toward making it work and even had Gaiman pen the first episode. His busy schedule and a few other things eventually led to that iteration of the project falling apart. Now FreemantleMedia has decided they want to try and take a crack at it. This is in no way a guarantee that the show will be made, but it does serve as a good sign that the wheels are still very much back in motion.
Gaiman‘s Sandman is finally being adapted into a movie (after many failed attempts over the years) thanks to David Goyer and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, so hopefully Gaiman can add a TV show to his impressive Hollywood resume as well. The writer stays very busy writing stories like his Sandman prequel and the occasional episode of Doctor Who, plus he recently accepted a teaching position in New York, so needles to say he has a busy schedule. We’ll just have to wait and see how this one plays out. You can read the full press release below to see all the details. What do you think about an America Gods series still being alive and kicking?
FremantleMedia North America has finalized a deal for the rights to Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed urban fantasy novel American Gods, it was announced today by Thom Beers, CEO, FremantleMedia North America.
The 2001 novel has been translated into over 30 languages and earned numerous accolades including Hugo, Nebula and Bram Stoker Awards for Best Novel. Gaiman, the creator of the celebrated Sandman comic series, and the author of bestselling novels The Graveyard Book, Coraline and The Ocean at the End of the Lane, will Executive Produce the series along with FremantleMedia. Gaiman was represented in the deal by Jon Levin at CAA on behalf of literary agent Merrilee Heifetz at Writers House.
The plot posits a war brewing between old and new gods: the traditional gods of biblical and mythological roots from around the world steadily losing believers to an upstart pantheon of gods reflecting society’s modern love of money, technology, media, celebrity and drugs. Its protagonist, Shadow Moon, is an ex-con who becomes bodyguard and traveling partner to Mr. Wednesday, a conman but in reality one of the older gods, on a cross-country mission to gather his forces in preparation to battle the new deities.
The acquisition of American Gods reflects the recent ramp-up in development activity by FremantleMedia North America’s scripted television division, most recently seen in the sale of the US adaptation of the hit French format “The Returned,” currently in development at A&E, Carl Hiaasen’s novel “Basket Case” in development at Spike with Rob Reiner attached and “The Tomorrow People,” picked up for a back-nine order by The CW. The succession of scripted projects follows the appointment of Craig Cegielski, Executive Vice President, Scripted Programming and Development, and Stefanie Berk, Senior Executive Vice President, Scripted Programming and Development in June of 2013.
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Source : via CBR