In what’s surely a disappointment to legion of fans who follow Neil Gaiman, not to mention fans of challenging and unique series television, HBO has announced that they’re not proceeding with an adaptation of Gaiman’s critically-acclaimed fourth novel American Gods. The story of Shadow and Mr. Wednesday and their trek across America in front of a coming battle between the old gods and the new will have to remain on the book page for now. But now you’re asking the question why, and according to HBO, it sounds like they just couldn’t find the right way to turn Gaiman’s novel into an ongoing series.
Via JoBlo here’s what Michael Lombardo, HBO’s head of programming, had to say on the subject:
“I think we’re all huge fans of the book, and I think the script just didn’t — we couldn’t craft the script as good as we needed it to be. I think we knew going in that it would be a challenge; every good book is a challenge to adapt it and find the level you need for it. The bar is high now for great dramas. And to find that bar — we tried. So it was a huge disappointment […] We tried three different writers, we put a lot of effort into it. Some things just don’t happen. We have to trust at the end of the day, if you don’t have a star with a great script, you’re just not going to go through with it. Even though we love the book, we love the idea, we love the hope of what it could be, we just couldn’t get it right.”
Well you have to admire their honesty. It’s kind of a shame because this would have made a nice two-fer with Gaiman’s Sandman comic now in development as a film by actor/director Joseph Gordon-Levitt and scheduled for a 2017 release date, but I guess its not meant to be. In the meantime, until someone’s able to crack the American Gods code, I guess we’ll just have to make due with the hours and hours of other exemplary drama series on television. For shame.
Source: Comic Book Movie