Following Neil Gaiman's American Gods (HBO) Page 2

  • localnotail 21 Aug 2011 22:27:28 23,072 posts
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    LeoliansBro wrote:
    And Javier Bardem for the main character in American Gods. Jurgen Prochnow for Wednesday.

    Even if Bardem would do TV, Shadow is massive, and darker, IMO. He's mixed race, but his mother was dark skinned, probably black. He's also in his early 30s I think, which younger than Bardem can play. My idle wish for Idris was not well-considered - he's too dark.

    Wednesday needs to be thoroughly charming as well as powerful. Prochnow wouldn't work for me, not sexy. Wednesday is as old as the hills but he doesn't need to look it. He's European but he's been in America for ages.

    I would definitely accept Salma Hayek for Bilquis though. Mmm yes.


    I love Good Omens but it's a fun pisstake of the Omen story. American Gods is so much more.
  • mattigan 21 Aug 2011 22:28:08 1,428 posts
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    Is there a synopsys available for the (never heard of it but am interested by tho HBO factor)
  • mattigan 21 Aug 2011 22:28:48 1,428 posts
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    *this
  • Deleted user 21 August 2011 22:32:47
    May contain spoilers.
  • localnotail 21 Aug 2011 22:34:12 23,072 posts
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    It's the story of a (spoiler but kinda obvious from the title) simple man caught up in the battle for the future of the world between the old gods and the new.

    Just read it ;) You won't regret it.
  • Deleted user 21 August 2011 22:36:14
    Yeah i've also been researching this, it's got a strange premise.
  • Tonka 22 Aug 2011 07:40:33 29,664 posts
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    localnotail wrote:


    Is Max Von Sydow still alive? He was old when I was a kid.

    He's still alive and kicking. But on second thought he's not bulky enough for Wednesday. Nicholson in form would be perfect. The name Wednesday is the best bit about the whole book imo.

    Wednesday being Odinsday in Scandinavia. Is that ever explained to the non Norse readers?
  • Leolian 22 Aug 2011 07:45:30 1,191 posts
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    Answer your damn phone joe!
  • Tonka 22 Aug 2011 07:58:39 29,664 posts
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    Sorry, had it on mute.
  • Deleted user 22 August 2011 08:19:47
    Graveland wrote:
    I've got Neverwhere lined-up because I've heard it's the superior book.
    Where on earth have you heard that?
  • Charlie_Miso 22 Aug 2011 08:20:06 1,190 posts
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    I didn't like the book much either.
  • Tonka 22 Aug 2011 08:39:37 29,664 posts
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    I've said it before and I'll say it again. Gaiman is a bit too obsessed with form to be a great writer. The early Sandmans are hands down amazing. But as the series progress it becomes a clinical study of different gods and or classic story archs.

    His Books of Magic issues are even worse for this.

    But, much like William Gibson, GAiman is brilliant at finding cool stuff in our everyday world and show them in a way that makes it a bit mystical.
  • warlockuk 22 Aug 2011 08:41:57 19,492 posts
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    Tonka wrote:
    localnotail wrote:


    Is Max Von Sydow still alive? He was old when I was a kid.

    He's still alive and kicking. But on second thought he's not bulky enough for Wednesday. Nicholson in form would be perfect. The name Wednesday is the best bit about the whole book imo.

    Wednesday being Odinsday in Scandinavia. Is that ever explained to the non Norse readers?
    I assumed that everybody would get that because Wednesday is named from Odin - Wodin's day. Just like Thursday is Thor's day. Tuesday is Tyr's day, and Monday is Moon-day etc.
  • Khanivor 22 Aug 2011 18:16:24 44,069 posts
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    Cool. Let's hope they film it on location. The finale takes place about a mile from my house.
  • Tonka 22 Aug 2011 18:23:27 29,664 posts
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    What was the name of that place? Is it as cool as it sounds?
  • urban 17 Jun 2013 14:35:01 13,072 posts
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    this still hasn't happened!?
  • Deleted user 17 June 2013 17:02:18
    urban wrote:
    this still hasn't happened!?
    That's because I made the whole thing up.
  • ZuluHero 17 Jun 2013 17:29:41 7,493 posts
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    dutchspeededup wrote:
    urban wrote:
    this still hasn't happened!?
    That's because I made the whole thing up.
    A prank 2 years in the making? ;)
  • localnotail 17 Dec 2013 13:52:01 23,072 posts
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    Neil Gaiman wrote:(In last month's Reddit AMA)
    "There is an American Gods TV series in the works. It's no longer with HBO. The moment that things are ready to be announced I am sure they will be, either legitimately or via a leak in a big Hollywood Agency mailroom." ( according to this Gaiman added that he spent "about 35 years" researching the novel, though only a year or two of research during the actual writing process.)
    So... still going, but with who? AMC? Netflix?

    Edited by localnotail at 13:52:16 17-12-2013
  • boo 17 Dec 2013 14:01:27 13,522 posts
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    I'd regard it as borderline unfilmable, but will be curious to see what, if anything, they come up with.
  • nickthegun 17 Dec 2013 14:08:18 78,293 posts
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    I cant see why it would be unfilmable. Its written in a pretty much linear fashion and the road trip elements would be decent bookends per episode.

    I think its as good a novel as any to televise, to be perfectly honest.
  • Mola_Ram 18 Dec 2013 06:51:30 20,760 posts
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    It'll be like Carnivale! Oh, wait.

    Carnivale, but not cancelled.

    Edited by Mola_Ram at 07:01:29 18-12-2013
  • magicpanda 18 Dec 2013 08:39:16 14,870 posts
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    Netflix will be all over this.
  • YenRug 2 Jul 2014 12:49:00 4,553 posts
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    Someone needs to edit the thread title, it's now a Starz show:

    http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2014/07/01/starz-developing-american-gods-series/278786/

    And from Gaiman's FB post:

    https://www.facebook.com/neilgaiman/posts/10152154149111016

    Neil Gaiman
    15 hrs

    Commented Neil Gaiman, "When you create something like ‘American Gods,’ which attracts fans and obsessives and people who tattoo quotes from it on themselves or each other, and who all, tattooed or not, just care about it deeply, it's really important to pick your team carefully: you don't want to let the fans down, or the people who care and have been casting it online since the dawn of recorded history. What I love most about the team who I trust to take it out to the world, is that they are the same kind of fanatics that ’American Gods’ has attracted since the start. I haven't actually checked Bryan Fuller or Michael Green for quote tattoos, but I would not be surprised if they have them. The people at Fremantle are the kinds of people who have copies of ‘American Gods in the bottom of their backpacks after going around the world, and who press them on their friends. And the team at Starz have been quite certain that they wanted to give Shadow, Wednesday and Laura a home since they first heard that the book was out there. I can't wait to see what they do to bring the story to the widest possible audience able to cope with it."

    (I cannot believe they put what I wrote in the press release. Normally someone rewrites it into Press Release Speak and then I have to explain to people that, no, I didn't actually say that at all. Not this time.)
  • BinaryBob101 2 Jul 2014 12:54:46 26,934 posts
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    It;s good news that Bryan Fuller is involved in this, but now I worry for the future of Hannibal.
  • caligari 2 Jul 2014 13:34:02 17,945 posts
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    /crosses fingers and toes
  • Deleted user 11 June 2016 13:51:46
    Didn't realise this had been in the works for so long! It seems to have a relatively firm start year confirmed at least now (next year)
    Not too sure about the casting of Shadow (Hollyoaks and Dream Team aren't the most promising things to find when you try to figure out where you know someone from), but with a LOT of bulking up he could look the part...

    http://m.imdb.com/title/tt1898069/fullcredits/cast?ref_=m_tt_cl_sc

    Pleased with McShane, but a little worried about separate casting for Loki and Mr. World meaning they might not stick to the original story too closely...
    Already looking forward to seeing Peter Stormare as Czernobog!

    Edited by dfunked at 13:53:01 11-06-2016
  • Deleted user 11 June 2016 14:06:28
    Tonka wrote:
    localnotail wrote:


    Is Max Von Sydow still alive? He was old when I was a kid.
    He's still alive and kicking. But on second thought he's not bulky enough for Wednesday. Nicholson in form would be perfect. The name Wednesday is the best bit about the whole book imo.

    Wednesday being Odinsday in Scandinavia. Is that ever explained to the non Norse readers?
    I loved the "Friday is a free day. A woman's day." line :D
    Amazingly I failed to get the Low Key reference just like Shadow did... Not my proudest moment, but I guess that was right at the start.
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