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Neil Gaiman’s American Gods Heads to HBO

HBO is developing Neil Gaiman's American Gods for series, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The popular 2001 novel details the adventures of an ex-convict named Shadow, laying out a battle between two sets of gods. (One set, the traditional spiritual gods and mythological creatures, is in danger of being supplanted by "a new set of gods, who reflect America's preoccupation with technological advancements and obsessions with media, celebrity, technology and drugs.") The project comes from Playtone, Tom Hanks's production company, also behind Big Love and Band of Brothers. True Blood fans looking forward to HBO's other upcoming fantasy series, Game of Thrones, should be pumped about this. [HR]