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I heard Gaiman is preparing a book sequel, which'll validate the show running for so many seasons.

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Really?

I suppose Anansi Boys could be seen as a spin-off rather than any sort of sequel, and that American Gods novella he had published after the novel wasn't a sequel, but he seems to be stretching things.

Still, I wouldn't mind seeing Gaiman return to the American Gods world...but at the same time, I always fear sequels, because they often leave me sad if I hold the original on a pedestal.

I have such fond memories of American Gods, I fear I can't but be let down.

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Yeah, and the letdown will probably start right after the initial casting is announced.

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I reckon they'll split the book into 2 seasons (possibly three) and then base the remaining seasons on the yet-to-be-published sequel.

 

 

Anansi Boys are, I believe, optioned somewhere else and therefore wont enter into the equation.

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Depends if they do much back story for the various gods. I can see that as being half the entertainment of the show really.

 

You have all the goodness of the old gods of europe, everyone loves folk stories* then you got all the coolness of the various powers and gods of the "new" America. I think there is room in there for alsorts of excellent episodes, imagine Anansi's back story, you could have it shot normally for the bits where he is telling the stories verbally as stories to Shadow, then fade to painted animation in rich colours for the exciting bits of the stories set in the dreamtime of Africa.

For the New Gods, it wouldn't be so hard to make some sort of cybertech "vision" of them forming out of our daily devotions on the web, at the Casinos, and in front of the TV, would it?.

 

Man, this could be such a cool series, so much room for innovation and showmanship.

 

And of course it will do well viewer number wise, if I know one thing about my cousins, it is that shows with "American" in their title, become instant successes in the ratings.

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The thing that excites me is the rumored budget of 40 mil for 10 episodes, which is, as far as I can tell, some 3-4 times larger than your average TV show's so, even if they do some bottle episodes or mostly real-world based, their F/X/costume/set design budget should be damn high.

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The success of this series will hinge on the casting of Wedensday, IMHO.

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I agree with Avaunt. I think back stories will go a long way-even taking up a whole episode here and there.

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Besides, if Gaiman's producing it as well, and writing a pilot treatment, he might add some backstories for some of the gods - Chernobog, Ibis etc.

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WOW! American Gods HBO series?! I've recall reading the book and thinking if anything, HBO would be the company to possibly pull this off. :ohmy:

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Great, just what we needed - American Gods to be even longer.

 

Nah, this could be good. Doubt they'll do a Game-of-Thrones-style straight-up adaptation though. Certainly wouldn't expect them to stretch one book over multiple seasons. Strikes me that folks would be more tempted to read the book and tank ratings for the subsequent season if they already know half the story (unlike with GoT, where they have to make the decision to start a whole new book and potentially an entire book series).

 

It's not like the world of American Gods would be particularly difficult to elaborate for anyway.

 

Between this, GoT and 100 Bullets, is HBO becoming Nerd Adaptation Theatre?

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Nerd adaptation theatre sounds about right, though they seem to have passed on Preacher, which sounded like more of a shoo-in than all of the abovementioned.

 

But if you're right about season-per-book deal, why would they toss out the whole 6-season thing in the early press? Though maybe they'll just work with Gaiman on the plotlines to subsequent seasons, and he'll just write his novels after the fact (like a somewhat more fortunate Neverwhere affair).

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I don't think it'll be a season per book - I'm guessing it will be more like True Blood and diverge from the storyline laid down in the books and novella while retaining most of the characters and setting. Saying that they're going for six seasons when the only adaptable elements are a(n admittedly massive) novel and a novella seems odd.

 

Again, adapting one book over multiple seasons strikes me as a very strange thing to do, but I can't see Gaiman devoting the next five years to churning out American Gods sequels either. So taking elements from one and mixing it with the other seems like the most sensible thing to do.

 

Run AG as a cut-down first season/introduction to the world and let it go its own way from there. There should be enough characters and concepts to keep it going for a good long while.

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I don't think it'll be a season per book - I'm guessing it will be more like True Blood and diverge from the storyline laid down in the books and novella while retaining most of the characters and setting. Saying that they're going for six seasons when the only adaptable elements are a(n admittedly massive) novel and a novella seems odd.

 

Again, adapting one book over multiple seasons strikes me as a very strange thing to do, but I can't see Gaiman devoting the next five years to churning out American Gods sequels either. So taking elements from one and mixing it with the other seems like the most sensible thing to do.

 

Run AG as a cut-down first season/introduction to the world and let it go its own way from there. There should be enough characters and concepts to keep it going for a good long while.

 

I see your point, though I was going by Gaiman's (albeit somewhat flippant) comment from that link above :

 

And for those asking, No, 6 years of AMERICAN GODS on TV doesn’t mean just the 1st book. It means I need to write the 2nd now, for a start.

 

And if they're going all-in with 6 planned seasons, I could see them doing the book over 2 or even 3 seasons, perhaps expanding on some elements, with Gaiman's approval/blessing/design - I for one would love to see an entire episode about vikings vs. indians, but put through the lens of the drama facing Nordic gods that find themselves unable to help their worshipers in this strange new land - fun way to ground those "Coming to America" stories with members of the regular cast - say Odin and Thor (and keep Loki away from it or at least not show his face, so his identity will remain a secret until the big reveal). Something along the lines of that Richard Alpert episode of LOST (only better).

With such a pace, i don't think it would be that much of a stretch to have at least two season's worth of only the original novel.

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Yeah, fair enough - thought you meant a GoT-style 'by the book' adaptation. If they're going to be looser with it I can see multiple seasons for one book really working out.

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Run AG as a cut-down first season/introduction to the world and let it go its own way from there. There should be enough characters and concepts to keep it going for a good long while.

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I would watch it if all it was, was a ongoing series about Mr Appleseed walking the America that has both Native and Immigrant Gods in it, and how they rub along/fuck one another over and also, have to deal with Raven stealing all their good shit.

 

Say what you like about American spelling and self involvement and all the rest, it makes an excellent playground, so big, so diverse, and yet all one playing field.

 

Shit, just think about all the stories you could tell. Which side was any particular God on, during the Civil War, for instance.

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My pick for playing Wedensday: John Hawkes

 

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While he is sporting a nice grayish beard here, I pictured Wednesday a bit older (and less... vulnerable?). Though he is a fine actor, and could most likely pull it off.

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While he is sporting a nice grayish beard here, I pictured Wednesday a bit older (and less... vulnerable?). Though he is a fine actor, and could most likely pull it off.

 

If you watch Winter's Bone, it's a good example of how can he do 'less vulnerable'. But definitely agreed on the age aspect. Wednesday should be a whole lot older.

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