It’s a big year for Neil Gaiman. Though the author has maintained a wide and voracious cult following over the years, true mainstream success has eluded him even with the popularity of his novels and comic books. Even with the success of Coraline, the biggest adaptation of the author’s work to date, Gaiman has never quite broken through to household name status, even while his stature has grown among his devoted base. Over the next few months and years, however, all that could change.
The production of American Gods over at Starz does quite a bit to elevate his name for those who otherwise might not know him. The buzz surrounding that series has reached a fever pitch as its cast keeps growing. It’s sure to be a must-see TV event when it makes its premiere, and other networks are scrambling for their piece of the Gaiman pie. That’s led others to scour his works for other development, which has now coalesced into a new series based on the author’s works.
The Wrap is reporting that Jeffrey Seller and Flody Suarez, the team behind the Broadway smash Hamilton, have signed a development deal to bring Gaiman’s young adult novel InterWorld, co-written with Michael Reaves, to television in a new series. Both Gaiman and Reaves will serve as producers alongside Seller and Suarez.
InterWorld was the first of three novels penned by the authors which follow the adventures of Joey Harker, a teenage boy who discovers he has the ability to cross over into alternate dimensions. Joey discovers that his alternate dimension counterparts have the same ability, and together the Joeys must align to stop an evil force that threatens the safety of all dimensions.
It’s standard Gaiman fare, as fans will tell you. His work often deals with alternate dimension and parallel realities, becoming sort of his wheelhouse in the minds of many. He’s also known for creating compelling characters that are relatable for both children and adults, making InterWorld a fine starting point for the uninitiated (as well as upping the possibility for cross-demographic appeal).
The project is still in the early stages of development, however, so there’s no news yet about who’ll be working on the series either behind the scenes or in front of the camera. Given the star power drawn to American Gods, which includes the likes of Ian McShane (Deadwood), Gillian Anderson (The X-Files), and Ricky Whittle (The 100), it stands to reason that another Gaiman adaptation will draw interest from other big name actors.
With the series being based on a trilogy, there’s room for at least three seasons worth of storytelling to come from the adaptation, more depending on how closely the TV series sticks with books. As the success of both Game of Thrones and The 100 has shown, TV doesn’t necessarily need to stick to the beats of their forebears to be successful, so long as the story general remains intact. It’s possible then that the series could extend beyond three seasons if the series slows down or changes the narrative of the books.
For now, it’s exciting enough that Gaiman is finally making progress towards becoming a household name. With two television series now in development, it’s only a matter of time before the whole world is in on the Gaiman Greatness along with his fans. We’ll keep you updated on any and all news as it develops.
As of yet, there is no word on when InterWorld might land on the small screen.
Source: The Wrap