American Gods are heading to HBO in 2013

Tom Hanks is helping them along

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Brit author Neil Gaiman is set to shepherd his much-loved novel American Gods onto TV screens in 2013.

Though as recently as March this year Gaiman was talking about Gods being turned into a movie, the author has struck a deal with co-producers Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman and their production company Playtone.

American Gods is being planned as a six season TV show, with each season consisting of 10-12 hour-long episodes.

The budget’s nothing to be sniffed at either, with each season given a money bag containing $35-40m. Nothing compared to The Pacific’s $225m, but way above anything else on network television.

“There are some crazy things in [American Gods],” says Goetzman, justifying that budget. “We’ll probably be doing more effects in there than it’s been done on a television series.”

Gaiman’s novel unites modern mythology with Americana and fantasy, with a story that revolves around ex-convict Shadow.

He’s released from prison after the death of his wife, and takes a job as an agent for Mr Wednesday, the avatar of the Norse god Grimnir.

Gaiman will executive produce and write an undisclosed portion of the TV series, which is expected to air on HBO in 2013.

TV? Or not TV? Think Gods would have worked better as a movie? Drop us your thoughts below...


    • blade32

      Jun 13th 2011, 17:30

      This is great news. I loved the book and it's nice to see HBO are giving it space to do it properly. It's would be too much too cram into one movie or season. cant wait!

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    • Ali1748

      Jun 13th 2011, 18:51

      Cable tv is the perfect medium for fantasy novels and graphic novels, just look at Game Of Thrones.

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    • willow138

      Jun 14th 2011, 2:06

      very excited about this

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    • Gav83

      Jun 14th 2011, 3:56

      Can't believe HBO are going ahead with this, it's gonna be awesome! Only read the book a couple of weeks back. I found the ending a bit anti-climactic but then again who know's what they'll change up when it hits the tv. Now if only HBO would get around to doing Preacher...

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    • Porkchopexpress

      Jun 14th 2011, 19:24

      Great news, I've read a few of Gaiman's novels and 'American Gods' is the best by far in my opinion the only way to do the source material justice is with a TV series than a truncated cinematic version which would have undoubtedly been underwhelming. Wouldn't need a massive budget either if done intelligently, looking forward to this.

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    • dandellion

      Sep 4th 2012, 0:23

      Six seasons?!?! C'mon. It's not a mastodon like Game of Thrones or something. One season of 10 - 12 horu episodes would make that novel a great TV piece.

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