I might be alone in this, but I really dislike the Cybermen and don’t find them interesting or threatening at all. That said, if anyone is going to take another stab at them, I’m glad it’s Gaiman.

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Rocky Horror opening numbers, shoving Neil Gaiman’s vegetarian haggis inside a TARDIS, Amanda Palmer and her husband performing another Rocky Horror number with Moby and Stephin Merritt of the Magnetic Fields, and Zooey Deschanel makes Craig Ferguson’s Halloween Special last night just right.

Hanks’ producing partner Gary Goetzman spoke with THR regarding three high profile projects in motion at Playtone.

American Gods is an HBO series based on Neil Gaiman’s novel. It is said to be costing $35-40 million a year and will span six 10-12 episode seasons. The deity epic is slated for a 2013 premiere at the earliest.

Major Matt Mason will be a Robert Zemeckis directed, live action 3D adaptation of the Mattel toys property. Co-written by Hanks and Graham Yost, it is budgeted at over $100 million and will present a family film space adventure.

Finally we have American Idiot, the screen adaptation of Green Day’s Broadway musical and concept album. Slated for a 2013 release, original stage director and co-creator Michael Mayer will direct with Billie Joe Armstrong to reprise the role of St. Jimmy. Playtone is looking to recapture their previous success in the musical genre, Mamma Mia! which grossed over $600 million. Also of note, Goetzman owns the film rights to Spring Awakening, which they plan to produce in a more independent way.

HBO is developing Neil Gaiman's American Gods for series, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The popular 2001 novel details the adventures of an ex-convict named Shadow, laying out a battle between two sets of gods. (One set, the traditional spiritual gods and mythological creatures, is in danger of being supplanted by “a new set of gods, who reflect America’s preoccupation with technological advancements and obsessions with media, celebrity, technology and drugs.”) The project comes from Playtone, Tom Hanks’ production company, also behind Big Love and Band of BrothersTrue Blood fans looking forward to the other fantasy series being developed for HBO, Game of Thrones, should be pumped about this. [HR]


Neil Gaiman’s novel American Gods is set to be made into a movie.

The British author has revealed that the rights to the novel have been sold and a top secret director has boarded the project.

Though no details beyond that are known, Gaiman is clearly very excited that one of his most celebrated works is to get the film treatment.

"There is one cinematographer and director on board," he says, "who has many, many Oscars and is, I think, a genius."