HBO is trying to land the rights to Neil Gaiman’s post-modern fantasy novel American Gods, which seemed to win every award going in 2002. With Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman (Band of Brothers) nurturing the project there is a high possibility that the network will get their way.
Details are scarce but Gaiman is attached to co-write the pilot script with acclaimed cinematographer Robert Richardson (Shutter Island, Inglorious Basterds), who is making his writing début with the project. If Richardson is as talented with words as he is with visuals we should be in for a treat.
The official synopsis certainly promises originality:
“…a battle between two sets of gods. One consists of the traditional gods and mythological creatures who got their power because people throughout history believed in them. They are losing steam as people’s beliefs wane and are in danger of being supplanted by a new set of gods who reflect America’s preoccupation with technological advancements and obsessions with media, celebrity, technology and drugs.”
If that sounds like the offspring of American Psycho and Clash of the Titans to you, you’re not alone. Consider me intrigued.