Two of our favorite fantasists just announced they have major TV projects in the works. We always figured we'd find one of them on the tube eventually, but as for the other ... not so much.
Neil Gaiman, who recently wrote the excellent Doctor Who episode "The Doctor's Wife," hasn't taken charge of writing a full series since 1996's Neverwhere. Fifteen years later, Gaiman is working on adapting one of his most popular novels, American Gods, for television. The story, which brings many classic mythological figures from throughout history into the modern era, is dark and not afraid to get very risqué. Unsurprisingly, the series has found its home with HBO. The novel itself was pretty ambitious, and bringing it to television seems even more so. So long as Gaiman's Sandman characters make a cameo, we're definitely on board.
In the case of Rushdie, he believes that television has reached the point where it is fast replacing the novel. Says Rushdie, "Matthew Weiner on Mad Men writes the entire series before they start shooting, and if you have that, then what you can do with character and story is not at all unlike what you can do in a novel."
Up until now, Rushdie's TV credits have been virtually nonexistent. Thankfully for all of us, Showtime has picked up his series titled The Next People, which has been described as a drama that mixes politics and religion with science and technology. According to Rushdie, "It's a sort of paranoid science fiction series, people disappearing and being replaced by other people."
Sounds promising, if a little vague. Thus far Rushdie has completed a first draft of the pilot and hopes to be the primary writer for the entire series.
What do you think? Are you as excited as we are to see both Gaiman and Rushdie write for television?