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Neil Gaiman’s ‘American Gods’ Coming to HBO

By Jacob Klein on Jun 13, 2011 to American Gods

Neil Gaiman’s American Gods is making it’s way to HBO’s premium cable network.   American Gods is a Hugo and Nebula Award-winning novel by Neil Gaiman. The novel is a blend of Americana, fantasy, and various strands of ancient and modern mythology, all centering on a mysterious and taciturn protagonist, Shadow.  The central precept of the novel is that gods and mythological creatures exist because people believe in them. Immigrants to the United States brought with them dwarves, elves, leprechauns, and other spirits and gods. However, the power of these mythological beings has diminished as people’s beliefs wane. New gods have arisen, reflecting America’s obsessions with media, celebrity, technology, and drugs, among others.

An odd concept to base the now planned six season arc around but we can’t wait to see what they do with the 40 million dollar budget reportedly being spent on the first 10-12 episode season.  Tom Hanks’ Playtone will be producing the show but we do not know yet whether or not Mr Hanks will play a major role in production.  The show will debut no earlier than 2013.

HBOWatch will have more details on the show as we get closer to principal filming.

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7 Comments on "Neil Gaiman’s ‘American Gods’ Coming to HBO"

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Look pretty good! I like stuff like this! I hope it’s top notch!


Reading the book right now. Could not be more excited!

Piroska O

American Gods is my #1 favorite book, I love it. Actually I can’t believe that HBO will make a series from it. I have high expectations, so I hope it will be like the Game of Thrones adaptation or even better! I really can’t wait to see it.

Michael Leonard Rowley
Michael Leonard Rowley

Thank you HBO and friends.

L Sims

I have read the book twice and though I found it to be deeply introspective and challenging to traditional beliefs, it was equally amusing with it’s integration of mythology into our current day to day lives. I ‘m excited to see how the HBO interpretation brings this challenging novel to the full visual potential that IS this book.

Mike Thompson



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