Author Neil Gaiman’s (Sandman, Stardust) bestselling 2001 urban fantasy novel American Gods is officially set to be made into a serialized TV drama, Deadline reports. FremantleMedia North America, which currently produces The CW’s The Tomorrow People, picked up the option on the novel after Tom Hanks’ production company Playtone failed to actualize an adaptation for HBO despite the network teasing the show for several years.
“As to where you will be able to see it, who is going to be in it, who will be writing or show-running, none of these things have yet been settled,” Gaiman wrote on his blog. “But it already looks like it’s going to be a smoother run developing it than it had at HBO, so I am very pleased.”
American Gods tells the story of an ex-convict named Shadow who the becomes bodyguard and traveling partner of the conman Mr. Wednesday as they navigate a world filled with gods which exist only because people believe in them. You can read Fremantle’s official press release here.