American Gods : a new miniseries for HBO

April 17, 2011

HBO is developing a new series based on Neil Gaiman's 2001 novel, American Gods and it's Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman's production company, Playtone, that will produce it. A project that was brought to them by Robert Richardson.

Robert Richardson, a cinematographer credited in Shutter Island, Inglourious Basterds and Kill Bill and who won two Oscars for The Aviator and JFK, is set to write the pilot along with Neil Gaiman and maybe direct it.


The book, which won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards, tells the story of an ex-convict named Shadow who finds himself in the midst of a war between two sets of gods. Here’s the book description :

After three years in prison, Shadow has done his time. But as the time until his release ticks away, he can feel a storm brewing. Two days before he gets out, his wife Laura dies in a mysterious car crash, in adulterous circumstances. Dazed, Shadow travels home, only to encounter the bizarre Mr Wednesday claiming to be a refugee from a distant war, a former god and the king of America. Together they embark on a very strange journey across the States, along the way solving the murders which have occurred every winter in one small American town. But the storm is about to break.Disturbing, gripping and profoundly strange, Gaiman’s epic novel sees him on the road to the heart of America.