We all know that HBO is about to unleash “Game of Thrones”, the adaptation of the first book in George R.R. Martin’s “Song of Fire and Ice” series. Now they’re in negotiations to acquire another fantasy property, “American Gods”, the Hugo and Stoker Award winning novel from acclaimed writer Neil Gaiman. At the moment the plan is for Gaiman to co-write the pilot with Robert Richardson, the cinematographer of films like “Hugo Cabaret”, “Inglorious Basterds”, and “Kill Bill”.
lays out a battle between two sets of gods. One consists of the traditional gods and mythological creatures who got their power because people throughout history believed in them. They are losing steam as people’s beliefs wane and are in danger of being supplanted by a new set of gods who reflect America’s preoccupation with technological advancements and obsessions with media, celebrity, technology and drugs. The protagonist is an ex-con who becomes the traveling partner of a conman who turns out to be one of the older gods trying to recruit troops to battle the upstart deities.
Gaiman is most known for his celebrated comic book series “The Sandman”, but he has scripted movies like “Beowulf” and “MirrorMask”, and his novels “Coraline” and “Stardust” have been adapted into films. His “The Graveyard Book” is in the process of being adapted by Neil Jordan. Playtone heads Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman brought the project to HBO.