HBO Execs Talk ‘American Gods’; No Six-Season Deal Yet

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 9th, 2013 at 9:47 am,

american gods no six season deal yet HBO Execs Talk American Gods; No Six Season Deal Yet

Neil Gaiman is one of the most well-respected fantasy writers of our time, and yet only Stardust and Coraline have gone beyond the printed page.

Well, we can add another one to the list with American Gods – possibly Gaiman’s most critically successful work after Sandman – which is currently being developed as a series for HBO. Recently, HBO’s Michael Lombardo and Richard Plepler talked about fealty to the book and how far along in development the show is.

On whether or not they’ll stick closely to the source material, a la Game of Thrones (courtesy of Collider):

Michael Lombardo: We haven’t gotten out of the business of developing from source material. We haven’t said, “Ah,Game of Thrones, we’re not taking pitches anymore.” I think it’s a challenge, always. We want to satisfy as many of our consumers as we can. But, at the end of the day, what we respond to is great storytelling. We had three psychiatrist shows on at almost the same time. So, all I’m saying is, with source material from the fantasy world – and I don’t know how much you can extrapolate about George R.R. Martin because he’s very unique in the world – some pretty compelling shows can come from genre and source material. We’re open to it, we’re developing it, and we’ll see.

Richard Pepler: The key is what the auteur does with the source material, not the source material itself being dispositive or not. What Alan [Ball] did with Charlaine Harris was masterful. What David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] did with George R.R. Martin was masterful. But, it’s what they did with it.

When asked if they were committed to six seasons of American Gods, as had been previously reported, they said:

Plepler: No, no, no, no, no.

Lombardo: It’s very early development. It hasn’t gotten to the place to even talk about that yet.

Plepler: What happens is that things like that get announced as development projects, and then somebody writes about it, as if there’s a 10-year commitment, and we haven’t even seen a script yet. That happens frequently. It’s in early development.

It seems like the series isn’t quite as far along in development – or even a sure thing – as we had been led to believe. Still, with Tom Hanks’ production company, Playtone (Band of Brothers, John Adams), behind the wheel, one presumes that a more extensive commitment shouldn’t be too difficult.

Neil Gaiman, Author of American Gods

Hopefully, American Gods is a massive success so we can see the cinematic or televised adaptations of Gaiman’s other works, from Sandman to Death: The High Cost of Living to The Graveyard Book and so on. This particular Screen Rant writer would love to see his short story “A Study in Emerald” – which, in short, is Sherlock Holmes meets H.P. Lovecraft – adapted as a film at some point, as well.

Are you disappointed American Gods isn’t as much of a sure thing as we were previously led to believe? Let us know in the comments.

Stay tuned for more American Gods news.

Source: Collider

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  1. Neil Gaiman needs to have an intervention about his need to keep emulating Tim Burton’s look before he finally grows a goatee.

    • Neil Gaiman is underwriting Scientology. Not only is Gaiman listed in Scientology’s Cornerstone Newsletter along with Mary Gaiman, (contributing $35,000.00 in 2009), Gaiman gave half a million In 2010 to the Scientology Super Powers Center. Mary Gaiman was awarded the “Gold Humanitarian Award” for her contribution of $500,000.00 to Scientology. This contribution was made by The Blank Corporation, Gaiman’s company which he owns with Mary. The Blank Corp is Gaiman’s Scientology front and how he pays the cult. The Gaiman Family are listed as Silver Meritorious for that year in Scientology’s own magazines (Impact 123). These listings mean that Gaiman can reincarnate into another Scientology family, according to the Cult’s bogus teachings.

      Gaiman will never leave the cult because he is the vitamin heir of Scientology and a spineless weakling. The Gaiman family owns G&G Vitamins which reaps 6 million a year from selling The Purification Rundown Vitamins and Gaiman’s two sisters, Claire Edwards and Lizzie Calciole are not just high-ranking Scientologists, they are the Head of Recruiting and the Head of Wealden House ( the Scientology stronghold in East Grinstead where Gaiman was an Auditor). These two high-ranking Scientologists cannot associate with Neil unless he is in good standing.

      There is a clear money trail leading to Gaiman. All documents are available on Wiki.

      • …and this has what to do with the article? You really have nothing better to do with your time? Sad.

        • Apparently Screen Rant is a Scientology outlet to publish this drivel about Gaiman getting six seasons on HBO, when the producers themselves deny it and haven’t even seen a script and Hanks has never read the book.

          When they do see a script, they are in for the same disappointment they experienced at Paramount. Gaiman is arrogant, impossible to work with, lazy and a liability.

          Now married to the horrendously untalented publicity hound Amanda Palmer, Gaiman is like a human plague.

          American Gods was received poorly by critics because it is a juvenile, self conscious mess.

          Gaiman has frittered his talent away and is surrounded by Scientology cult members, so he will never pull out of his nose dive.

          Done with Gaiman.

          • Mest…is that you? The article was precisely about the fact that the novel was NOT getting the go-ahead. You should READ the article before shooting it (or its writer) down.

            Where have you heard about Gaiman being difficult to work with (or problematic in any way) on set? In interviews, HE is always the one saying that he’s happy to see his work produced and understands that another’s vision might not always gibe with his own. FACTS are a wonderful thing…

            Actually, AMERICAN GODS has been doing fairly well for itself, cementing Gaiman’s popular appeal, and most critiques I’ve read have LOVED Gaiman’s story and integration of mythology into the modern world. Again, FACTS…not blather.

            Oh, and I think it’s safe to say that given some of the articles and comments the various ScreenRant writers have authored, ScreenRant is DEFINITELY not worshiping at the Scientology altar. That was just inane and silly, on your part.

            • Gaiman is an arrogant prick. Who writes childrens books while blabbing about his open marriage and hedonist lifestyle. Gaiman’s novels are poorly developed and sloppy. Everything would have to be re-written. Why bother?

  2. Sort of funny that Neil Gaiman can pull off the Sandman hair so well. Yeah I know this comment is largely irrelevant to the topic at hand.

  3. It’s funny you two mentioned these two points about Gaiman’s hair…

    Think about the possibilities (both good AND bad!) if Tim Burton were in fact the King of All Dreaming…


    • I just paid $22.87 for an iPad2-64GB and my girlfriend loves her Panasonic Lumix GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS. I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $675 which only cost me $62.81 to buy. Here is the website we use to get it all from, CoolCent. com

  4. Minor correction: Gaiman’s _Neverwhere_ and _MirrorMask_ also made it beyond the printed page.

    • Well said :)

    • actually neverwhere was a series BEFORE it was a book.

      • Well, the point still stands that the story was presented in a visual format, though not mentioned in the article.

    • actually neverwhere was a series BEFORE it was a book. And mirrormask was never a book

      • Again, the significant point is that BOTH of these were presented in their respective visual mediums, BUT the article fogot to include them in its listing of Gaiman’s viewable, NON-COMIC work.

    • Actually neverwhere was a series BEFORE it was a book. And mirrormask was never a book.

      • sorry did mean to say that so many times phone was messing up

        • It happens…


  5. Sandman is terrrrrrrrrific!

  6. I am excited by the prospect of an american gods series, Gaiman is a fantastic writer and there is not a better station than HBO to create a show out of it. I think it is content rich enough to make a series out of and woud be better as a series rather than a fim

  7. In light of the the two Snow White movies coming out this year, it occurs to me that it would be truly fantastic to see Gaiman’s excellent “Snow, Glass, Apples” onscreen at some point…definitely NOT a “Disneyfied” version of the tale.

  8. Neil Gaiman is mentally ill. He was raised by one of the biggest Scientology families on the planet. He was audited from a very young age which means he spent countless hours being interrogated and brain-washed. Gaiman’s work is emotionally hollow and reflects his Scientology cult training. He was an auditor and ran a Sea Org himself. Scientology does not allow members to go low on the tone scale by having any negative emotional response. Even though Gaiman claims he isn’t involved, he feeds millions of dollars into the cult and educated his children in Scientology schools. Neil Gaiman’s writing reflect Scientology’s stupid ideologies and are peppered with tone deaf, callous and moronic ideas. He will always be a second rate hack.

    • Have you READ Gaiman’s writing? Second-rate is definitely not a term to describe his work. He writes beautiful, often brilliant prose and exposes his readers NOT to religious principles as your alien masters seem to believe but to diverse cultural, historical, and sociological concepts which open up his stories in wonderful ways. You MIGHT want to actual READ the work instead of merely believing what a bunch of narrow-minded twits simply claim is the truth.

      • *actually

  9. Seriously, what’s with all the Scientology comments here? I’m not a fan of Scientology, I think a lot of their beliefs are ridiculous. But I also think a lot of Christian beliefs are ridiculous too – just because Christians’ fundamental beliefs were established long before people had the imagination to incorporate aliens into their mythology doesn’t make them less insane! What’s funny is that most of these kind of comments are probably from bitter ex-members of Scientology who have now switched over to some other equally silly belief system.

    What does Scientology have to do with Gaiman’s writing, or with how he treats people? He gives a lot of money to Scientology, so what. I don’t swear off other writers who give generously to their various churches.

    Anyway, I have a tendency to believe that many Scientology members don’t actually believe in many of their Church’s official tenets, that they’re really in it more for the practical benefits, and the rest they just play lip-service to.

    • My guess would be desperate stupidity…