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HBO's adaptation of Neil Gaiman's American Gods is officially dead

Jun. 17, 2014by:

Last year, Neil Gaiman seemed confident we would see AMERICAN GODS premiere on HBO within the calendar year. Here we are at the midway point of 2014 and still nothing. And it looks like we will have to wait a hell of a lot longer as the project is now officially dead.

In an interview with Vulture, HBO head of programming Michael Lombardo was asked about GAME OF THRONES, THE LEFTOVERS, the Darren Aronofsky series MADADDAM, and where things stood with AMERICAN GODS. Here is what Lombardo said.

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.

AMERICAN GODS ranks very closely to Stephen King's THE DARK TOWER as novels that have been demanded by fans for years and have yet to make their way to the screen, big or small. While AMERICAN GODS is more self-contained than King's novel, it is still a complex and difficult story to get right. I just hope that after this stalling point that it doesn't remain in development hell forever.

Source: Vulture

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3:56AM on 06/18/2014
I haven't read American Gods so I have no personal stake in this, however it seems odd to me that Lombardo states that they "tried three different writers" and "just couldn't get it right" when they could have just asked the man who wrote the book to adapt it.

Perhaps they did and Im being unfair, but Im fairly certain Gaiman would knock it out of the park. He knows a thing or two about writing, that guy.
I haven't read American Gods so I have no personal stake in this, however it seems odd to me that Lombardo states that they "tried three different writers" and "just couldn't get it right" when they could have just asked the man who wrote the book to adapt it.

Perhaps they did and Im being unfair, but Im fairly certain Gaiman would knock it out of the park. He knows a thing or two about writing, that guy.
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2:43AM on 06/18/2014
Empire virtually getting the ax and now this. I blame G.O.T. lol
Empire virtually getting the ax and now this. I blame G.O.T. lol
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9:13PM on 06/17/2014
Shame, but yeah, this would be an ambitious undertaking.
Shame, but yeah, this would be an ambitious undertaking.
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5:39PM on 06/17/2014

Fine by me

Better no Neil Gaiman adaptation than a lousy one. Still buzzed for the upcoming SANDMAN movie.
Better no Neil Gaiman adaptation than a lousy one. Still buzzed for the upcoming SANDMAN movie.
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5:03PM on 06/17/2014
This is fine by me. I had been wanting to read a Neil Gaiman book for awhile and eventually settled upon "American Gods" last year.
It was passable.
But the seeming improbility of people that had only reed ships crossing the atlantic *Egyptian* to the utter and complete lack of what the major Abrahamic faiths and Buddhism had to say on anything........
I will not be reading another NG book.
This is fine by me. I had been wanting to read a Neil Gaiman book for awhile and eventually settled upon "American Gods" last year.
It was passable.
But the seeming improbility of people that had only reed ships crossing the atlantic *Egyptian* to the utter and complete lack of what the major Abrahamic faiths and Buddhism had to say on anything........
I will not be reading another NG book.
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5:00PM on 06/17/2014

If the decision is based on integrity, then that's fine with me

I sure hope that's why they canceled it. If it's a political ploy to maintain good relations, that's an admirable way of keeping things cordial between bad blood.
I thought the book was "alright", but I'm all for creators willing to make sure they make the BEST of the material they have available to them.
I sure hope that's why they canceled it. If it's a political ploy to maintain good relations, that's an admirable way of keeping things cordial between bad blood.
I thought the book was "alright", but I'm all for creators willing to make sure they make the BEST of the material they have available to them.
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