What will you watch when Game of Thrones is over? Well, there are several more well known fantasy and science fiction books in development for television.
First up is John Scalzi’s Redshirts. Honestly, this was just a matter of time given the fact that the book is basically based on a tv show and structured as a tv show. And of the three, it’s the one most likely to be a big hit. It ought to translate to film very smoothly and should fit the bill of being thoughtful and funny at the same time. I also like the fact that the producers are very clear about it being more of a mini series than a full blown show. Here’s the pertinent details from Deadline.com‘s article.
John Scalzi’s 2012 comedic sci-fi novel Redshirts is headed to the small screen. FX has teamed with veteran feature producer Jon Shestack (Dan In Real Life) and producer-director Ken Kwapis (Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants) and his partner Alexandra Beattie to develop a limited series based on the book, which won the 2013 Hugo Award. Search is underway for writers to pen the adaption, with Kwapis set to direct the opening episode. He, Shestack and Beattie executive produce.
Two of Neil Gaiman’s novels are being produced. For a while, HBO was considering doing something with American Gods, but nothing come to fruition there. However, the rights were picked back up, and it sounds like exciting things are in the works for both American Gods and Anansi Boys. I’m still hoping for a Good Omens mini series sometime, but these ought to tide me over. Here’s what Gaiman himself had to say about both:
Let’s see: there’s news, as I said in the header. AMERICAN GODS is now being developed for TV by Freemantle Media. As to where you will be able to see it, who is going to be in it, who will be writing or show-running, none of these things have yet been settled. But it already looks like it’s going to be a smoother run developing it than it had at HBO, so I am very pleased….