It looks like Neil Gaiman’s influential fantasy novel, American Gods, might finally be making its way to the small screen, according to Deadline. The site is reporting that FremantleMedia has secured the rights to the book and the company is planning on turning it into a TV drama in the near future.
With no talent attached or network interested as of yet, there is still a long journey before American Gods makes it to the screen. However, this project has been lingering in development hell for so many years that it is refreshing to simply see any action taken on it at all.
For those who haven’t read the book, American Gods takes place in the modern world where the gods of classic religion and mythology, like Loki and Anansi, clash with the gods that a new generation worships, such as television, money, and the Internet. After its release in 2002, American Gods won the Hugo, Nebula, and Bram Stoker awards for best novel, and it has been in publication ever since.
While many fans have been clamoring for a movie adaptation of the book, TV makes the most sense for the material, especially given its length and depth. A series was in the works at HBO for a while, but that has obviously fallen through. We’ll have more information on American Gods as it gets released.