I normally would just consider a story like this a non-starter, because it’s so precisely what fans would want to hear that the slightest rumor to that effect would get blown up into headlines. American Gods getting adapted by HBO as a television series. That’s just too good to be true, especially in the wake of actually getting a Game of Thrones adaptation. But there’s enough detail to the story, not just names being attached, but events being described, that I think this might actually be legitimate. That doesn’t mean it’ll end up happening, but it appears to actually be on the table.
Robert Richardson, renowned cinematographer with six Oscar nominations and two wins, started working with Neil Gaiman on initial outlining of a television series adaptation of the novel. Richardson took what they did to Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, because when you and Oscar are on a first name basis, you don’t send an email, you go out and make an appointment with the guys who made “Band of Brothers.”
One thing led to another and now HBO is in talks to purchase the show, the pilot of which will be co-written by Richardson and Gaiman. The elephant in the room of course is the debut of “Game of Thrones,” which if successful might give HBO the confidence to launch another series based on a beloved genre series.
I believe that it would now be appropriate for everyone to start the dream casting of the show, leaving not even the most minor characters uncast.