Touching the monolith
HBO’s New Series American Gods Won’t Be Like Game of Thrones
American Gods isn't going to follow the formula that has been set up by Game of Thrones.
The upcoming HBO series, headed up by author Neil Gaiman, is also an adaptation, this time of Gaiman's novel of the same title. But Gaiman, speaking with MTV News, stated that he hopes to throw in some "interesting divergences" from the plot of his original novel.
That's in contrast to the strict adaptation route that Game of Thrones is taking. Of course, that works because Game of Thrones is adapting a planned seven book series, while American Gods draws from just American Gods.
"The overall plan right now is that the first season would essentially be the first book, with a few interesting divergences," Gaiman said. "Because you don't want the people who've read the book to be able to go, 'I know everything that's going to be happening here.' Well, no. You know a lot more than anybody who is starting from here, but we will do things that will surprise you, too."
And what happens when that first season ends and they run out of source material?
"There was alway so much more plot for American Gods [such as] what happens to [protagonist] Shadow and what happens in the fallout [of the book's events]. So we're just going to follow it along [in future seasons]."
When asked if he would bring in the spin-off Anansi Boys into the series, Gaiman (who wrote an episode of the current series of Doctor Who) said no, citing that that book would receive a miniseries of its own in the future.
Check out the full interview with Gaiman below.
American Gods is expected to premiere in 2013.
I didn't know American Gods was going to be on TV! I must have been napping during that discussion or SOMETHING.