AMERICAN GODS Adaptation At HBO Officially Dead

AMERICAN GODS Adaptation At HBO Officially Dead

Neil Gaiman's sci-fi, urban Americana mythology tale was slated for a live-action adaptation at HBO but the project is now officially dead according to the premium cable network's Head of Programming.

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Remember when news broke that Neil Gaiman's celebrated American Gods novel was set for a live-action adaptation at HBO? Gaiman even went so far as to say that he was writing a sequel so that there would be enough material for multiple seasons.  Well fastforward roughly a year later, it appears that the project is actually not moving forward.  Said HBO's Head of Programming MIchael Lombardo," I think we're all huge fans of the book, and I think the script just didn't — we couldn't craft the script as good as we needed it to be. I think we knew going in that it would be a challenge; every good book is a challenge to adapt it and find the level you need for it. The bar is high now for great dramas. And to find that bar — we tried. So it was a huge disappointment […] We tried three different writers, we put a lot of effort into it. Some things just don't happen. We have to trust at the end of the day, if you don't have a star with a great script, you're just not going to go through with it. Even though we love the book, we love the idea, we love the hope of what it could be, we just couldn't get it right."

That's unfortunate, as I know Gaiman's faithful (and large) following were greatly anticipating seeing Shadow's tale unfold on a high quality network like HBO. Still, I susppouse the silver lining here is that we know that Lombardo and HBO are not going to move forward on a project, no matter how beloved, if they don't feel like it will be up to the network's standards. 

Source: Vulture via JoBlo

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Doopie - 6/20/2014, 2:53 AM
Not surprising really. Gaiman doesn't have much luck with these things
Nubase - 6/20/2014, 3:10 AM
it comes down to money as well and most of HBO money is going into Game of Thrones at the mo, perhaps when game of thrones is finished HBO will look at it again
DocDangerous - 6/20/2014, 3:20 AM
For years this has been a tease.... Now? Just not happening. Fingers crossed that some other group picks it up.
EhMaybeSays - 6/20/2014, 3:22 AM
His Stardust adaptation was great, I was looking forward to this.
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CherryBomb - 6/20/2014, 4:32 AM
It's a shame, seems like a good premise and if anyone can make this show awesome it's HBO
yinyangpalms - 6/20/2014, 4:36 AM
So I guess Gaiman will sue them now like the little b!tch he is! F k Gaiman!
loki668 - 6/20/2014, 4:42 AM
McGee - 6/20/2014, 4:45 AM
ckal - 6/20/2014, 4:57 AM

Now HBO can put their efforts towards getting The Dark Tower series going again.
McGee - 6/20/2014, 5:15 AM

ClarkFarley2012 - 6/20/2014, 5:25 AM
Dang it. I was looking forward to this. Well hopefully someone else picks it up. Maybe Showtime??
Dmon - 6/20/2014, 5:47 AM
@CherryBomb Yeah it is a good premise only but if this ever were to happen I hope it is not a direct adaptation. I have read the book. The concept and characters were great and the first half of the book is really good. But the second half is really boring and very anticlimactic. I was very disappointed by the book.
Gazmataz1981 - 6/20/2014, 6:02 AM
Very disappointing, but I'd prefer to see no adaptation than a badly written one. Always felt Gaimans' work was better off animated anyway. There is so much madness in his stories that being set in reality would only harm them. Not that I've stopped hoping that Terry Gilliam will direct "Good Omens" some day...
Omega - 6/20/2014, 6:06 AM
And what about Del Toro "Monster" manga adaptation for HBO?
edge13 - 6/20/2014, 6:13 AM
Huh?this was actually very old news,its been known since like last February?
its already been picked up by new PH btw,Freemantlemedia
even this particular interview already put almost a week ago
matthuliz - 6/20/2014, 6:16 AM
I bet Neil Gaiman is extorting HBO for more money for the book sequel, but HBO is not up to it!

scorpio2049 - 6/20/2014, 6:20 AM
I sure hope they're still doing Monster. I have faith in del Toro but he always announces 8,000 titles in development but only about 2.5 of them come to fruition. Monster I one I hope he makes because it's SUCH an awesome story and I think non-manga reading audiences would eat it up.
Comedian03 - 6/20/2014, 6:23 AM
American Gods
A Novel

Oh thank god for the subtitle, at first I thought it was a piece of lumber.
Nomadic1 - 6/20/2014, 6:41 AM
@Gaz Good Omens is a wonderful book and the type of story that could be made into a series very easy. I don't think it will happen, at least until Terry Pratchett passes away. He does not like Hollywood and won't sell them any of his rights.
McGee - 6/20/2014, 6:56 AM
This is horrible.

Now if I want to see American Gods...I have the book. Ugh!
edge13 - 6/20/2014, 6:59 AM
read my post

MarkJulian,your very slow:p
Omega - 6/20/2014, 7:02 AM
@scorpio2049 Yeah i hope so too.
JorL5150 - 6/20/2014, 7:04 AM
A little zen for you idiots-

You've GOT to learn to LISTEN to your body. Your body tells you what it needs-
If its time to siesta - go take a nap
If its time to shit - go and shit (no sense filling your pants cause you don't want to lose your place in line)
And if its time to fap - guess what?
SwagInScience - 6/20/2014, 8:32 AM
Great, I was having such a fantastic friday too.
Battabing - 6/20/2014, 8:44 AM
Is it just me or was the book f.ucking terrible?
It didn't work because it was a contrived snooze fest about the Norse gods.
I'd say HBO just saved themselves a ton of cash.
imnotwearinghockeypants - 6/20/2014, 8:48 AM
Would've rather seen a Neverwhere treatment. Was not a fan of American Gods.
Jollem - 6/20/2014, 9:26 AM
american gods was fantastic. pretty much just like anything neil does. sad to see this go. i was looking forward to the new story bits that neil was adding specifically for the show. maybe he can release what he had so far?

in any event,

Bearjew - 6/20/2014, 10:46 AM
chewish - 6/20/2014, 11:39 AM
Not to be a dick, but can someone please explain to me why this book is so highly regarded? Like, actually explain why everyone thinks it's so great. I for one, thought it was extremely boring and kind of a chore to read...

Sorry again if I sound like a douchenozzle.
Dunejedi - 6/20/2014, 11:56 AM
So HBO thinks there are only 3 writers on the entire planet who could adapt it? And none of them worked out.

Seems legit.
ScionStorm - 6/20/2014, 12:52 PM
It's such a shame we will not get to see a woman swallow a man whole through her vagina, or see a man have dreams about making out with the cat sleeping at the foot of his bed. We have lost a good one, fellow fans. Truly a good one.
WombRaider - 6/20/2014, 1:00 PM
wow...i literally just finished this book last was very very good but im happy the tv show is dead. i dont think it would have worked
Humperdink - 6/20/2014, 1:02 PM
It's not going to happen until Hollywood stops White-washing everything or pigeon-holding certain races into the same restricted roles.

Just like the producers who said Black people don't like sci-fi because they don't see themselves in the future, they told Gaiman Black people don't like fantasy so the characters have to be White.

So what happens is we always see minorities in the same comedic or buffoonish roles and people accept them because that's all they're used to seeing.

Gaiman just happens to have artistic integrity and enough money to say 'hell no' to the race changes they want to force into his stories.

"One of the things I'm concerned about is that I really want to make sure the races of all the characters are kept,"

Or 'Anansi Boys', for example:

"That was something I found deeply problematic with the attempt by some people who had a lot of money and a lot of clout, and who wanted the rights to Anansi Boys, at one point. Somewhere in there, they made the fatal mistake of saying to me, "And, of course, the characters won't be black in the movie because black people don't like fantasy." They were suddenly very surprised that we were no longer interested in selling them the book."

Hollywood wants to shape images and direct ideas and they want to show people how they should feel about certain concepts and one another.

It's B.S.
sicknimon - 6/20/2014, 2:07 PM
Gaiman has a lot of pride in his work, nothing wrong with that. Sandman has been in production 3 different times and Gaiman was never able to approve the treatment. I say go Gaiman. Oh and his lawsuits have been legit. Probably the only writer whose been able to succesfully gain control of their characters. Especially Angela with Spawn, since you know, Image comics mantra is that writers get control of their characters.
MightyZeus - 6/20/2014, 8:25 PM
Good. I'm glad this project has died. This book is way overyped, it's bland boring and weird and one of Gaiman's worst stories. If anyone would like to read the book then go ahead but don't say nobody warned me.

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