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Gillian Anderson Joins American Gods Season 1

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The upcoming television adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s novel, “American Gods” has officially added Gillian Anderson to the cast! Starz and FremantleMedia North America are currently in production for the 10-episode first season of “American Gods” and Anderson is being reported to take on the role of Media, a sort of supernatural publicist for the New Gods who takes the form of different celebrities.

“American Gods” follows a world where there is a war brewing between old and new gods: the traditional gods of mythological roots from around the world steadily losing believers to an upstart pantheon of gods reflecting society’s modern love of money, technology, media, celebrity and drugs. Its protagonist, Shadow Moon, is an ex-con who becomes bodyguard and traveling partner to Mr. Wednesday, a conman but in reality one of the older gods, on a cross-country mission to gather his forces in preparation to battle the new deities.

The rest of the cast for “American Gods” includes Ricky Whittle (The 100) as Shadow Moon, Ian McShane (Deadwood) as Mr. Wednesday, Emily Browning (Sucker Punch) as Laura Moon, Sean Harris (The Borgias) as Mad Sweeney, Yetide Badaki (Aquarius) as Bilquis, Bruce Langley (Deadly Waters) as Technical Boy, Crispin Glover (Back to the Future) as Mr World, and Jonathan Tucker (Kingdom) as Low Key Lyesmith. Also appearing are Cloris Leachman (Malcom in The Middle, Raising Hope), Peter Stormare (Fargo, Prison Break), Chris Obi (Snow White and the Huntsman, The Counselor), and Mousa Kraish (Superbad, Fast & Furious).

The addition of Anderson is a reunion for the actress and executive producer Bryan Fuller, with whom she worked on “Hannibal.” Fuller also serves as a writer and showrunner alongside Michael Green. David Slade is directing the pilot and additional episodes. FMNA’s Craig Cegielski and Stefanie Berk are executive producing the series along with Fuller, Green, Slade and Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman’s Likely Stories HeadingTo The Small Screen

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Neil Gaiman is adaptation gold. Yet another of his books is being adapted for television. His short story collection “Likely Stories” will be made into a four-part series thanks to Sky Arts and Sid Gentle Films who are are producing.

The short stories are all based in London and feature “dark and strange” stories playing with reality and fantasy, centralizing themes of human consumption, destructive obsession and psychological cannibalism.

Not all of his stories from the collection are being adapted but according to Deadline, viewers can expect to see adaptations of “Foreign Parts,” “Feeders & Eaters,” “Closing Time” and “Looking For The Girl.” The first three installments were adapted by Kevin Lehane and the last by Ian Forsyth and Jane Pollard (Nick Cave 20,000 Days On Earth).

Even more excitingly, Gaiman is expected to make cameo appearances in all four episodes, which will star Pride’s George MacKay, The Game’s Tom Hughes, Moone Boy’s Johnny Vegas, Maleficent’s Kenneth Cranham and Doctor Zhivago’s Rita Tushingham.

The series will be directed by Forsyth and Pollard while Jarvis Cocker will score the episodes. Sally Woodward Gentle, Lee Morris and Gaiman are serving as executive producers.

Gaiman’s novel “American Gods” is currently being adapted into a series for Starz and that is addition to several of his novels that have been made into books. His children’s book, Fortunately, The Milk, is slated to begin filming and will star Johnny Depp with Edgar Wright directing. Meanwhile the new hit series Lucifer, based on Gaiman’s Sandman character, debuted in January on Fox, and rumors continue to swirl about Joseph Gordon Levitt’s film take on The Sandman itself.

Neil Gaiman’s American Gods Adaptation Has Found Its Lead

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The adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s epic fantasy novel American Gods has finally found the actor for its lead character! Ricky Whittle, who currently stars on CW Network’s The 100, will play the story’s main protagonist, Shadow Moon.

American Gods follows Moon, an ex-con who becomes bodyguard and traveling partner to a con artist known as Mr. Wednesday—a man who is not who he seems. However, there is more going on in this world. There are only men and gods. Among the latter are the traditionals, deities from around the world born from mythological roots. Then there are the new gods, an upstart pantheon of divine beings who reflect society’s modern love of money, technology, media, celebrity and drugs. As believers steadily trickle away from the old to follow the new, a war begins to brew. Moon finds himself with Wednesday in the middle of that war on a cross country mission to gather forces and partake in a battle against the new deities.

Bryan Fuller, known for spectacular shows like “Hannibal” and “Pushing Daisies” will serve as a writer and co-showrunner alongside Michael Green known for his work on “The River” and “Heroes.” David Slade (Hannibal, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) is directing the pilot and several other episodes.

 

 

Fuller and Green were very excited about the casting of Whittle. They said,

“We searched every continent and country and all the islands in between for our Shadow Moon, and we are lucky to have found Ricky. Fans of the novel will find he has every bit of the heart of the character they fell in love with.”

Gaiman also praised the casting decision. He said,

“I’m thrilled that Ricky has been cast as Shadow. His auditions were remarkable,” Gaiman said in a Starz press release. “The process of taking a world out of the pages of a book, and putting it onto the screen has begun. American Gods is, at its heart, a book about immigrants, and it seems perfectly appropriate that Shadow will, like so much else, be Coming to America. I’m delighted Ricky will get to embody Shadow. Now the fun starts.”

Craig Cegielski and Stefanie Berk are executive producing the series along with Fuller, Green, Slade and Neil Gaiman.

 

Neil Gaiman’s Hansel & Gretel Graphic Novel Heading to Film

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A live-action Hansel & Gretel movie based on the graphic novel by Neil Gaiman has been optioned for the screen and is being developed by Juliet Blake. The graphic novel was illustrated by Lorenzo Mattotti and will be released this October.

Based on the famous fairytale, the story follows the brother and sister who discover a candy house that’s essentially a trap for kids set up by a wicked witch. 

In a press release for the project, Gaiman said,

“For me, retelling Hansel and Gretel was a way of telling an old tale in a way that made it immediate and true, and about us, now. It reminds us of how paper thin civilization really is. It’s about hunger, and about families. I’m thrilled and delighted to be working with Juliet Blake to bring Hansel and Gretel to the world again, and to show people how much this story has to say to us.”

There is no word on when production will begin on the Hansel & Gretel live-action adaptation. Blake has not announced whether or not she will also be directing the picture but she will be producing.

No talent has been announced for the project or who Gaiman or Blake will look towards to star.

FremantleMedia Takes Neil Gaiman’s American Gods

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The small screen adaptation of “American Gods” is finally moving forward. FremantleMedia announced earlier this month that they have secured the rights to the fantasy novel written by Neil Gaiman.

The plot posits a war brewing between old and new gods: the traditional gods of biblical and mythological roots from around the world steadily losing believers to an upstart pantheon of gods reflecting society’s modern love of money, technology, media, celebrity and drugs. Its protagonist, Shadow Moon, is an ex-con who becomes bodyguard and traveling partner to Mr. Wednesday, a conman but in reality one of the older gods, on a cross-country mission to gather his forces in preparation to battle the new deities.

The project was first announced back in 2011 when Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman’s Playtone were planning on bringing the project to HBO. At the moment, there are no specific details available as to how exactly FreemantleMedia is planning to adapt the book, but check back for updates as soon as they become available.

Gaiman will serve as executive producer of the television series adaptation.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt to Direct and Star in Neil Gaiman’s Sandman

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Um, YES.

The overwhelmingly dapper man, Joseph Gordon-Levitt has reportedly signed on with Warner Bros. to not only to star in a big screen adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman, but direct as well. Levitt’s involvement in the project was rumored last month but yesterday he confirmed the news via his Twitter account.

He posted,

“Ladies and gentlemen, I’m incredibly honored to be working with David Goyer, Warner Bros, and @neilhimself on SANDMAN. #Prelude”

Sandman, which launched DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint, ran for 75 issues beginning in 1989. Gaiman’s worlds-within-worlds weaved an episodic anthology, focusing on the allegorical character of Dream and his brothers and sisters, known as the Endless (Death, Desire, Despair, Delirium, Destruction and Destiny).

The use of the “Prelude” hashtag is of some interest as it suggests that Goyer’s script might focus on the series’ first collection, “Preludes and Nocturnes,” which detail the earthly imprisonment of Dream, his escape and his reclamation of various objects of power.

David Goyer will provide the screenplay.

 

Ron Howard Eyes Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book Adaptation

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It was announced last summer that Neil Gaiman would be adapting his 2008 Newberry Medal winner novel, “The Graveyard Book.” Disney bought the movie rights after several years of attempts by different studios to adapt the novel. Now, the big screen adaptation has seemingly found a new director in Ron Howard.

Inspired by Rudyard Kipling’s 1894 classic “The Jungle Book,” Gaiman’s novel is officially described as follows:

Bod is an unusual boy who inhabits an unusual place-he’s the only living resident of a graveyard. Raised from infancy by the ghosts, werewolves, and other cemetery denizens, Bod has learned the antiquated customs of his guardians’ time as well as their timely ghostly teachings-like the ability to Fade. Can a boy raised by ghosts face the wonders and terrors of the worlds of both the living and the dead? And then there are things like ghouls that aren’t really one thing or the other.

This will be Gaiman’s third film, preceded by 2009’s Coraline and 2007’s Stardust, both of which received positive reviews. Gaiman also has a television series in the works with HBO based on his novel American Gods. His two movie adaptations have both received relative success in the box office as well. Coraline has an IMDb rating of 7.7 out of 10 and Stardust received a 7.8.

Henry Selick had plans to adapt The Graveyard Book as a stop-motion feature for Walt Disney Pictures, but the new vision of the project has it moving forward as a live-action film. There is no word on when they expect this adaptation to move forward into production or who they wish to star in the feature. However, with Ron Howard at the helm, the movie appears to be in good hands.

Concept Art Released For Cancelled “The Sandman” Project

One of the world’s most celebrated comics of the past 25 years, Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman, has been on a long and tedious journey to the silver screen. However, the project has repeatedly fallen through much to chagrin of it’s devoted fans. Gaiman had originally pitched the project to studio executives only to have it not pan out with Warner bros.

The Sandman was published by DC Comics, however, beginning with issue #47, it was placed under the imprint Vertigo. It chronicles the adventures of Dream (of the Endless), who rules over the world of dreams. It ran for 75 issues from January 1989 until March 1996. Gaiman’s contract stipulated that the series would end when he left it.

For fans who are well acquainted with the Sandman world, they will notice that the concept art released from the failed project covers virtually the entire run of the comic. Fans can also now OWN the exclusive artwork as Gaiman himself tweeted a message regarding the cancelled project and concept art:

“Some years ago, I had to pitch/explain SANDMAN to Warners. Jill thompson illustrated the pitch. That art’s for sale.”

You can see some samples of the original art below:

Disney To Adapt Neil Gaiman Novel The Graveyard Book

Disney recently announced that they have bought the movie rights to adapt Neil Gaiman’s 2008 children’s novel The Graveyard Book. After several years of attempt by different studios to adapt the novel it seems that it is finally moving forward with Disney. As the fourth studio to purchase the rights to the film, they wasted no time handing the project over to producer Gil Netter, who just finished producing another Yann Martel’s Life of Pi, another book-to-film adaptation.

This will be Gaiman’s third film, preceded by 2009’s Coraline and 2007’s Stardust, both of which received positive reviews. Gaiman also has a television series in the works with HBO based on his novel American Gods.

His two movie adaptations have both received relative success in the box office as well. Coraline has an IMDb rating of 7.7 out of 10 and Stardust received a 7.8.

The next adaptation for Gaiman, The Graveyard Book, tells the story of a young boy who lost his parents and is raised instead by the ghosts of graveyard inhabitants.

The official plot synopsis is below:

Bod is an unusual boy who inhabits an unusual place-he’s the only living resident of a graveyard. Raised from infancy by the ghosts, werewolves, and other cemetery denizens, Bod has learned the antiquated customs of his guardians’ time as well as their timely ghostly teachings-like the ability to Fade. Can a boy raised by ghosts face the wonders and terrors of the worlds of both the living and the dead? And then there are things like ghouls that aren’t really one thing or the other. This chilling tale is Neil Gaiman’s first full-length novel for middle-grade readers since the internationally bestselling and universally acclaimed Coraline. Like Coraline, this book is sure to enchant and surprise young readers as well as Neil Gaiman’s legion of adult fans.”

In the novel, each of the eight chapters is a short story, telling the story 2 years apart allowing the audience to see the protagonist growing up.

The book, already a commercial success, won the 2008 Newberry Medal for distinguished contributions to children’s literature.  It also won the 2009 Hugo Award for Best Novel, Locus Award for Best Young Adult Book, and the 2010 Carnegie Medal.

Gaiman based his tale on a previous short story called The Witch’s Headstone, according to TGDaily.com.

It is unknown whether the movie will be live-action or animated, and no other production details have been announced.

Critics and Celebs Tweet Love For Hunger Games Film

 

The official Hunger Games film premiered last night, and to ease the worries of many fans, critics and celebs alike have been tweeting their love and support for the highly anticipated adaptation. While there are not many full reviews out (those will come later) we do have a collection of tweets from those at the premiere last night.

One critic, Germain Lusser has said that the film was exceptional and that the director had “knocked this movie out of the park.” And many others have claimed it be one of the best adaptations in a long time.

Lussier went on to tweet that,

The Hunger Games – B+. An exciting, emotional adaptation that gets most everything right. Its one flaw is it might be too smart for itself.

Glee star, Darren Criss, took to Twitter last night to also show his love for the film.

In short, The Hunger Games was great. They did an awesome job. Fun at the premiere tonight with @JoeyRichter … http://t.co/3MytBxUg

Joey Richter countered Criss’ tweet with,

The Hunger Games premiere w/ @DarrenCriss was oodles of fun Especially the badassery of @jackie_emerson. Not ashamed to say I sobbed.

Kelly Osbourne gave the film a “must see” rating when she tweeted,

Just got out of seeing #HungerGames all I have to say is wow! It really is a must see!

Steven Weintraub added to the mix by putting the worries of fans to rest with his statement,

If you’re a HUNGER GAMES fan, happy to report the film is great and you’re going to be very happy with Gary Ross’ film.

Todd Gilchrist agreed with the sentiment when he tweeted his approval of the film.

I’m getting in line behind my colleagues to say that The Hunger Games is terrific- thoughtful, thrilling, well-acted & emotionally engaging.

Silas Lesnick wasn’t shy about really loving The Hunger Games. After the premiere he tweeted,

I can now tell you all that I’ve seen — and really loved — THE HUNGER GAMES. It’s not just a great adaptation. It’s a new sci-fi classic.

One of the actresses from the film, Annie Thurman, took to Twitter after the premiere saying,

The Hunger Games premiere was absolutely flawless. Thank you soo much Lionsgate, Gary Ross, Cast and crew, and all you fans that made this..

Jeremy Smith said he was surprised by the film, praising the film and actress Jennifer Lawrence.

Completely surprised by THE HUNGER GAMES. Loved it. Dark, exciting, ambiguous sci-fi allegory. Another amazing performance from J. Lawrence.

The actor who plays Thresh in the film, Dayo Okeniyi, only had one thing to say about the premiere,

What a night, What a night, WHAT A NIGHT!!!

Kimmy West gave the film one of the highest compliments when she said,

Just saw #TheHungerGames. Most faithful adaptation of a book I have EVER seen. Just amazing.

And amazing writer (and twitterer) Neil Gaiman did a “brief” review of the film for his followers:

And brief review: I enjoyed The Hunger Games movie a lot – Donald Sutherland is wonderful. Maddy liked it, but she much preferred the book.

This over pouring over love for the film has definitely settled worries that it may not live up to my expectations. Personally, March 23rd can not get here fast enough. You can watch the trailer below if you need something to hold you over till we can see the film next week.

The Hunger Games is the movie adaptation of the bestselling novel by Suzanne Collins. It is followed by the sequels Catching Fire and Mockingjay. 

The plot for the film is as follows:Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the governing body, the Capitol, of the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. A twisted punishment for a past uprising and an ongoing government intimidation tactic, The Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which “Tributes” must fight with one another until one survivor remains. Katniss Everdeen volunteers as a tribute to save her sister from going in to the ghastly arena. She is joined by Peeta Mellark, a boy she knew who once saved her life.You can see the official cast below:

  • Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen
  • Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark
  • Woody Harrelson as Haymitch Abernathy
  • Willow Shields as Primrose “Prim” Everdeen
  • Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne
  • Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket
  • Lenny Kravitz as Cinna
  • Paula Malcomson as Mrs. Everdeen
  • Amandla Stenberg as Rue
  • Alexander Ludwig as Cato
  • Dayo Okeniyi as Thresh
  • Isabelle Fuhrman as Clove
  • Jacqueline Emerson as Foxface
  • Leven Rambin as Glimmer
  • Jack Quaid as Marvel
  • Donald Sutherland as President Snow
  • Stanley Tucci as Caesar Flickerman
  • Wes Bentley as Seneca Crane
  • Latarsha Rose as Portia