Many fans lost any hope of seeing Neil Gaiman‘s American Gods on the small screen last November when HBO dropped the project, even though Gaiman said the project was moving forward without HBO. Who picked up this HBO fumble?  FreemantleMedia has stepped up to the American Gods plate optioning the rights, and Gaiman is still in the creative mix as an executive producer. Why did HBO drop out though? Gaiman talked about that last year:

I wrote this first draft script that I loved. One of the reasons I loved it was because I go to do all this new stuff that wasn’t in the book. I got to open it up. Look, the book begins with Shadow in prison, about to get out of prison, so I opened the [pilot episode so] you got to see the bank robbery that went wrong, you got to see all the things that wound up with him in prison you got to see his entire three-year stretch in prison… you’re half an hour into this thing before he’s getting out of prison – stuff like that – and it was definitely the sort of awkward, embarrassed notes from HBO where they’re going ‘Um, can you make it more like the book?’ 

That’s very interesting, suits that want the on-screen material more like the actual source material. That’s probably why HBO has done so many fantastic shows that let the shows be what the shows are, without major changes to the source material.*

* I know HBO has made changes to parts of some series, but mostly because of the cost to produce or outrageously expensive special effects, not for a want of significantly diverting from the original story.

Was anyone else a little concerned after reading it? Will that new look get included in FreemantleMedia’s series? I have to say that I am on HBO’s side of the fence. Make the series using the material from the book. Explaining everything right off the bat is boring, let us find out as the series develops.

Conclusion: Happy FreemantleMedia picked up the rights to American Gods, but kind of nervous we won’t get the high quality production HBO is known for. If any series deserves a quality treatment, it’s American Gods.

What do you think?

Via: Bleeding Cool


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