Back in April it was reported that a new series based on Neil Gaiman‘s hit novel, American Gods, was being developed for HBO. At the time it was unclear whether it would ever actually happen or how exactly they would go about bringing it to the small screen, but it looks like big plans are in the works for the project.
New reports reveal that Tom Hanks and his Playtone Productions are now developing what’s being described as an “open-ended” series for HBO, with six seasons being set up already. Each season will run 10–12 episodes—each of which will run around an hour in length—and will cost about $35-40 millions per season. Hanks will act as an executive producer along with Gary Goetzman, Bob Richardson, and Gaiman, who will also act as a writer on the series.
This is an interesting move because while fans of the book are intrigued by a series about Gaiman’s book, it was hard to figure out how they would make more than one or two seasons out of it, let alone six with the possibility of more. Gaiman himself touched on this via Twitter by sharing that “No, 6 years of AMERICAN GODS on TV doesn’t mean just the 1st book. It means I need to write the 2nd now, for a start.”
It’s assumed that this could mean many more novels from Gaiman based in this world to keep the series running. And so long as he’s involved in making sure the show is up to the same level as his first book, we have no reason to be anything but excited for American Gods.
There’s still a long road ahead for this project, but at the moment it’s hoped that the first season could be ready to debut at some point in 2013 at the earliest.