A fantasy novel that received a string of awards, including the Hugo, the Nebula and the Bram Stoker Award for best novel, will be adapted into a television drama series.
Writing on Deadline.com, Nellie Andreeva reports that FremantleMedia North America bought the rights to Neil Gaiman’s “American Gods” and will adapt the 2001 novel. Gaiman will executive produce the potential series with FremantleMedia.
It’s not the first time the book was eyed for a TV adaption, notes New York Magazine’s Vulture blog. HBO planned to develop a series a few years ago, but it apparently let the project “fall by the wayside,” the piece notes.
Deadline says the novel is about a war “between old and new gods: the traditional gods of biblical and mythological roots from around the world steadily losing believers to an upstart pantheon of gods reflecting society’s modern love of money, technology, media, celebrity and drugs.”
The article adds: “The story centers on Shadow Moon, an ex-con who becomes bodyguard and traveling partner to Mr. Wednesday, a conman but in reality one of the older gods, on a cross-country mission to gather his forces in preparation to battle the new deities.”