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American Gods Coming to HBO, Produced by Tom Hanks

In April we reported that Neil Gaiman’s American Gods was being pitched to HBO by Tom Hanks’ production company, Playtone Productions. Well, it has happened!

This news has me really excited. Today The Hollywood Reporter posted that Playtone is set to produce not one, but SIX seasons for HBO.

Here’s the official report, given to THR by Playtone partner Gary Goetzman:

The series-in-development, revolving around the question “are you a god if no one believes in you?” is executive produced by Goetzman and Hanks, with Bob Richardson, and Gaiman on board as executive producer and writer.

Each of the six seasons will be of 10-12, hour-long episodes with a budget of around $35-40 million per season, targeted to debut on the cable powerhouse in 2013 at the earliest.

Rich in religious folklore that spanned millennia and featuring deities from Greek and Nordic mythology, and even the Judeo-Christian monotheistic God making an appearance, in the contemporary U.S., American Gods will be effects-heavy to do justice to the awe-inspiring power of the divine beings. “There are some crazy things in there. We’ll probably be doing more effects in there than it’s been done on a television series,” said Goetzman.

More effects than have ever been done? That sort of boggles my mind, considering the amazing CGI things that are out right now. Granted, two years is a long time, in computer terms, so I can’t wait to see how things progress, and if they can live up to that claim.

The reason the show isn’t set to air until 2013 is that Hanks has to finish up another project for HBO, Major Matt Mason, based on the Mattel action-figure.

Having read American Gods not that long ago (you can see the Lytherus review here), the book is still fresh enough in my mind to be excited about this. I’m curious to see how they’ll make six seasons, whether they will try to milk the book, or if they will go off on new tangents and/or continue the story beyond where the book ends.

Either way, I’m happy for Neil Gaiman, especially since he’ll be a part of the project, which means we should get his approval on the scripts.

What do you think? Do you think HBO will do Gaiman’s book justice?

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Gaiman’s American Gods coming to HBO?

There have been a lot of books-to-shows/movies lately, even more than usual. Neil Gaiman’s American Gods is the newest addition to that list (what’s this book about? Check out the Lytherus review of it here). Playtone production company, made up of partners Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, recently approached HBO with the project. Cinematographer Robert Richardson (known for Kill Bill, Inglorious Basterds, and Shutter Island) brought it to their attention, and the plan right now is for him to write the screenplay with Gaiman (at least the pilot episode, anyway).

I am truly excited about this one. HBO has been amazing with its shows, and with all the hype around the upcoming Game of Thrones, they are only securing in viewers’ minds their ability for authenticity. Playtone is no lightweight either: they have such credits to their name as Big Love, Band of Brothers, The Pacific, and John Adams, all of which are sensational in their own way, so we can only hope that American Gods will fall into the same category.

Things are only in the beginning stages of talks, so it will be some time before we know more, but we’ll be sure to bring it to you as soon as it’s out there!

 

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Even More ‘A Game of Thrones’ Goodness: Behind-the-Scenes Footage

HBO released today a whopping 24 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage of their upcoming show A Game of Thrones, set to release on Sunday, April 17th. There are interviews with the cast and crew about the making of the show, and also with superstar author George R. R. Martin, the creator of the book the show is based off of. I hope you enjoy it, and I personally can’t wait to indulge (I’ve only allowed myself bits and pieces at this point, as I’m finishing the book and don’t want anything spoiled for me!).

 

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The First 14 Minutes of Game of Thrones is Out!

Game of Thrones, the highly anticipated series coming out on April 17th at 9pm from HBO is based off of George R. R. Martin’s best-selling book.

This is a video I have been really excited to watch, and I am so happy that we are getting a little teaser of the show a few weeks early. I can’t wait to see how the story on the TV screen lives up to the book. That accuracy is definitely going to make or break this show, thanks to the millions of loyal fans of the original story.

Having said that though, it does look pretty epic, and I am interested to see how the story progresses visually. The show is warned to have lots of violence, sexual content, and general mature stuff, but they kept this sampler pretty clean.

What do you think? does it fit with the feel of the book and live up to the expectations? If you haven’t read the book, does it seem like an interesting enough show that you’d watch it, even without the back-story?

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New Ten-Minute “Game of Thrones” Clip

HBO released a new clip for their anticipated new series Game of Thrones, based on the series by George R. R. Martin by the same name. It’s a full ten minutes, and shows some behind the scenes footage, and interviews with the author and some of the actors and crew. You can view it on the Game of Thrones HBO website here. The show is planned to be released in April of 2011.