HBO To Adapt Neil Gaiman’s ‘American Gods’? Please Yes.

If you haven’t read Neil Gaiman’s American Gods, you need to get the fuck on it. If you have read it, and you’ve made your peace with our insatiable urge to adapt everything, this may be good news. If the novel is going to get adapted, there’s much worse ways than with HBO helming a television version.


HBO is getting behind Game of Thrones in a big way, and the company seems to think that fantasy could be the way to go into the future. So the channel is now negotiating a deal for the rights to Neil Gaiman‘s novel American Gods, and the current plan is for Robert Richardson (yes, the cinematographer) and Neil Gaiman to jointly script the pilot.

Deadline says that Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman of Playtone (who also put together Band of Brothers and The Pacific) were brought the material by Robert Richardson, and they in turn took it to HBO. Mr. Richardson has a legendary cinematography career – he won Oscars for The Aviator and JFK and has nominations for Platoon, Born on the Fourth of July, Snow Falling on Cedars, and Inglorious Basterds – and this would mark a new chapter for him. I don’t know what to make of that, frankly, but he’s proven his storytelling skills with the camera, and working with Neil Gaiman this might go very well.

Thoughts? I could definitely get behind this.