Author Neil Gaiman answered some questions on Reddit recently, one of which was related to American Gods, his Hugo and Nebula Award-winning 2001 novel. A couple years back we got the excellent news that the book was being adapted into a possible series for HBO, with word that there could even possibly be six seasons on the way despite there only being one book (each of the first two seasons of Game of Thrones were adapted from a very large book, for comparison).
According to Gaiman, a series based on the book is still in the works, but it’s no longer being developed at HBO. Continue below to read his quote.
When asked the question “I always hear things about an American Gods HBO Series, pilots and greenlights and all sorts of things. Whats the truth?” Gaiman answered:
“There is an American Gods TV series in the works. It’s no longer with HBO. The moment that things are ready to be announced I am sure they will be, either legitimately or via a leak in a big Hollywood Agency mailroom.”
This is unfortunate and depressing news as the thought of this unique story being brought to HBO was exciting. We recently found out that HBO picked up a full season order for The Leftovers, a show based on a book about life after the Rapture. Both books dealing in religious themes to a point, you have to wonder if this went into the decision to no longer develop American Gods.
Now the question becomes where American Gods will end up next. Will it be another of the premium channels like Showtime or Starz, or will it go to AMC or FX maybe? Perhaps it will end up taking the newest route, original streaming content on Netflix or Amazon?