Remember when we told you rights had been sold to Neil Gaiman's American Gods and he was being a little fuzzy on the details? Well, according to Deadline, American Gods will not be a feature film, but a HBO series. Could we really have hoped for anything better? Those that know the novel will know that it's a hefty tome, laden not only detail but really complex ideas and characters that deserve to breathe on the screen beyond a potential 2.5 hour film. Robert Richardson (foresaid award-winning cinematographer of Kill Bill, Inglourious Basterds, Shutter Island, and soon to be Hugo Cabret fame) and Gaiman will write the pilot for HBO and Tom Hanks (>insert confused face here<) and Gary Goetzman of Playtone are bringing it to HBO for development.
Now all someone needs to do is convince local cinemas to run special sessions when it goes to air, thus giving fans exactly what they want: a big screen experience and a longer exposure to Shadow & co. Let the petitioning commence.