As quite possibly one of the biggest Gaimain fangirls, I’ve been closely following the journey of American Gods from novel to miniseries to full television show. Neil Gaiman announced on his blog earlier today that HBO has dropped the American Gods tv show, and Freemantle has picked it up. This means that Tom Hanks is no longer attached to the production. I’m not sure whether that’s good or bad, but what I am sure about is that we all need to reset our expectations again.
Last June I got to see Mr. Gaiman speak at a book expo, and during Q&A, one of the questions he got was how the American Gods pilot was going. In response, he said he was very excited about writing it and that he had added so much new material that he always wanted to put in the book, and he couldn’t wait to keep adding to the mythology. He sent in the finished pilot. The response he got was, “Can you make this closer to what happens in the book?”
If HBO had done the novel adaptation, it would have been amazingly true to the book we all read and loved. With Tom Hanks in charge, I’m sure it would have been stunning. That being said, as a fan of not just the book, but the world building and the mythology Gaiman created, I am very eager to see if this new production team gives him the freedom so that we can all expand our American Gods knowledge. He seems to think his novel is in good hands, and I’m willing to trust him and see where this goes. I’d love for this book to get more exposure again.
Time for a reread….? Yeah, probably.