You may have heard that Neil Gaiman’s American Gods is coming to your television screen sometime in 2013.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Tom Hanks and Playtone Productions is set to begin adapting Neil Gaiman’s novel American Gods into an episodic drama stretched over six seasons on HBO, with a possible debut in 2013.

Each season will be 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.

The series will play with the novel’s central question: Are you a god if no one believes in you? And while that theme, and the book’s myriad cast of secondary and tertiary gods, could certainly fill six seasons worth of television, it still begs the question of how one book, a short story, and a spin-off novel can fill so much space.

Gaiman, who is on board as an executive producer and writer for the series, has revealed that the series has not been constructed to cover only American Gods. For starters, it will also encompass its sequel, which he now has to start writing.

This news comes on the heels of the 10th anniversary rerelease of American Gods, which hits shelves on June 21st and features 20,000 extra words of story, essays, and more.

For those unfamiliar, American Gods is the story of Shadow, a man recently released from prison, who encounters an enigmatic con artist by the name of Wednesday. As the story unfolds it becomes more and more apparent that the gods and concepts we worship are still present in our world, in one form or another, and that Shadow has become a key pawn in their machinations.

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