More than fifteen years after the publication of Neil Gaiman‘s Hugo and Nebula Award winning novel American Gods, Starz broadcast the first episode of the television adaptation today. Though it’s still incredibly recent, advanced previews are already getting great reviews, from long time fans of the book and people coming to the series with fresh eyes alike. It seems that the various components of the series, after fans have ached for it for so many years, have fallen into place in a way that will at meet high expectations, with a stellar cast including Ricky Whittle as protagonist Shadow Moon and Ian McShane as his con artist Old God mentor, Mr Wednesday.
Neil Gaiman‘s now legendary novel American Gods was first released in 2001. Coming from such a flexible and dedicated writer – whose work ranges from Sandman to Coraline, Wayward Manor to Doctor Who – its solid cult status is hardly surprising. The book explores belief in all its forms, showing modern incarnation of gods through characters like Media and The Intangibles (spirits of the stock market), as contemporary faith shifts away from established religion. (more…)
Starz adaptation of Neil Gaiman‘s American Gods has just announced quite the casting coup as Ian McShane (Deadwood, John Wick) joins the television series as Mr. Wednesday. McShane has been at the top of American Gods fans casting lists when it comes to Mr. Wednesday and it looks like the production felt the same. (more…)
A couple days ago, I reported a story about TV producer Michael Green pitching a Supergirl television show. I was behind the idea all the way and once again complimented DC Entertainment on their great ideas for the small screen. Some developments have, um, developed since then because of time travel or something. The details are that this series isn’t exactly what some of us thought it would be, and it’s not even a thing yet. First off, Michael Green has nothing to do with it. Secondly, we might not even be talking about the same Supergirl we know and love. But somebody’s in charge. And it’s definitely a Supergirl of sorts. Even if it’s not called ‘Supergirl.’ Let me explain… (more…)
If this actually happens, file it under “Smart Moves.” I’ve praised DC Entertainment in the past for their overwhelmingly stellar work in producing effective superhero TV. ‘Smallville’ was a success even thought it petered out near the end. They had a respectable run with ‘Superboy’ and ‘Lois and Clark’ definitely worked a niche market. The 90’s Flash was very cool but it was handled wrong because the hero never fought real supervillains until the Trickster showed up too late. But all things Superman, from way back during the George Reeves days, have stood the test of time. With the success of ‘Arrow’ and the lip-smacking anticipation of the new Flash series, a safe bet would be to capitalize on that ‘Super’ strength. That’s where ‘Supergirl’ comes in. Or, I should say, where Michael Green comes in. (more…)
The struggle to get an adaptation of American Gods onto the small screen has been an annoying one for fans. Just a few weeks ago we received the news that HBO had decided to dump the project, leaving one of Neil Gaiman’s most beloved novels in limbo. Now, we have a buttload of good news for fans of American Gods. Not only is the television show getting the green light, it’s also going to be put together by some truly brilliant people. Scroll on for all the delicious details. (more…)
Ridley Scott’s 2012 Alien-sort-of-prequel, Prometheus, was met with mixed feelings by both long-time fans and new initiates of Scott’s sci-fi world. Personally, I loved it. Others were less forgiving with their judgment. But the fact still remains that it made enough people in Hollywood happy (to the tune of $400 million) that they decided another installment in the franchise was necessary. Now, the sequel to the prequel is making some headway, by both picking up a writer and setting a (probably) solid release date. (more…)
This is the part of the job I hate….
Why do I have to be the one to tell you all this? Why does it fall to me to crush your collective hopes and dreams? 🙁
So anyway, yeah–it’s official: Green Lantern screenwriter Michael Green will be rewriting original Blade Runner writer Hampton Fancher‘s screenplay for Blade Runner 2, or whatever the hell they’re gonna call the thrice-damned thing…
Do you ever get the feeling Hollywood is in the business of taking terrible ideas, and figuring out ways to make them worse? I mean like on purpose? Just to see if it’s possible?
Can YOU come up with a better explanation for this?
PS: I know my news articles are usually longer, but I don’t want to think about this any more than is ABSOLUTELY necessary 😛