Tom Hanks producing 6 seasons of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods for HBO

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, Tom Hanks’ Playtone Productions will produce six seasons worth of Neil Gaiman’s 2001 earthbound-deities novel American Gods.

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The series-in-development, revolving around the question “are you a god if no one believes in you?” is executive produced by [Gary] Goetzman and Hanks, with Bob Richardson, and Gaiman on board as executive producer and writer.

Each of the six seasons will be of 10-12, hour-long episodes with a budget of around $35-40 million per season, targeted to debut on the cable powerhouse in 2013 at the earliest […] American Gods will be effects-heavy to do justice to the awe-inspiring power of the divine beings. “There are some crazy things in there. We’ll probably be doing more effects in there than it’s been done on a television series,” said Goetzman.