According to The Hollywood Reporter, HBO has picked up the rights to turn Neil Gaiman’s American Gods into a television series. Obviously, this is a very good thing, especially considering the fantastic production they’ve done on George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones.
However, here is where I, personally, get a little confused. the network and Tom Hanks’ Playtone Productions plan at least six seasons, each with 10 to 12 hour-long episodes.
It’s just one book, so here’s my question. How in the heck are we going to get SIX SEASONS from ONE BOOK? Maybe I’m missing something here, but it seems very nearly impossible. Yes, it’s a fantastic book, but is there really that much material in there? Are we going to have to worry about HBO’s writers taking more liberties with the stories?
I suppose if you throw in Anansi Boys (sort of the follow-up to the book), then you might get a full two or even three seasons. Otherwise, I’m concerned that a lot of new material is going to be added to the story. Granted, if Neil Gaiman is the one adding that material, I’m sure it will be brilliant, but nothing about that has been announced.
So what do you think?