HBO explains why its Neil Gaiman 'American Gods' adaptation never happened

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Neil Gaiman's beloved novel "American Gods" now has a second chance to be adapted for television thanks to FremantleMedia. Originally the project had been optioned by HBO, but Fremantle acquired the rights after HBO let them lapse.

In an interview with Vulture, HBO president of programming Mike Lombardo explains why the series never came to be. As he says, "Even though we love the book, we love the idea, we love the hope of what it could be, we just couldn't get it right.

"We couldn't craft the script as good as we needed it to be. I think we knew going in that it would be a challenge; every good book is a challenge to adapt it and find the level you need for it. The bar is high now for great dramas. And to find that bar -- we tried," he explains. "So it was a huge disappointment. ... We tried three different writers, we put a lot of effort into it. Some things just don't happen. We have to trust at the end of the day, if you don't have a star with a great script, you're just not going to go through with it."
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