Regular readers of this blog [and my family and friends] will be aware of my attachment to Neil Gaiman’s work – and especially to the brilliant American Gods. When I was a teenager I remember being given a proof copy of the novel and reading the whole book in one night [I went into school the next day having got less than an hour of sleep!]. And when I came to write my Masters dissertation whose body of work did I draw upon? You guessed it – Neil Gaiman.
So you can imagine my excitement when it was announced that HBO are to adapt American Gods [although, truth be told, I heard from my ‘source’ that it was in the pipeline rather a long time ago!].
Production will be undertaken by Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman’s production company, Playtone [who have produced Band of Brothers and The Pacific for HBO in the past].
But it is the fact that it will be coming on HBO that really pleases me. In the last few years they have produced a raft of amazing series – including The Wire, Band of Brothers, The Sopranos, and Game of Thrones, to name but four. And what has typified all of these series is that they have all been underpinned by HBO’s ethos of gritty, uncompromising storytelling [so violence, swearing, nudity and sex are pretty much expected and standard!].
Which makes it the perfect marriage for American Gods – HBO will very likely stay faithful to Gaiman’s vision and won’t water it down for the small screen audience [I am particularly looking forward to seeing how they handle Shadow’s ‘encounter’ with Bast!]. And, after the hike in sales that George R.R. Martin’s backlist saw after the recent Game of Thrones, it is to be hoped that the adaptation of Gaiman’s novel will lead even more people to read it and discover its brilliance.
Unfortunately though, we will likely have to wait until at least 2013 to see the first season [the book is expected to be split over six seasons]. Boo!
PS. Rather embarrassingly I have only just noticed that the sign on the jacket image is for the ‘Stardust Motel’ [shows how unobservant I am!].