After a fairly lengthy and fiddly series of negotiations, Deadline reports that the journey from page to camera of Neil Gaiman’s classic fantasy American Gods is finally about to begin in earnest. Starz has signed off on a straight-to-series dramatic adaptation of the book, following in the footsteps of their notable successes in the fantasy realm such as Outlander.
The series has been developed and written by Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies, Hannibal) and Michael Green (Kings), who take up the executive producer role with Neil himself. American Gods tells the story of a conflict between traditional gods, with their focus on morality and community, and a new breed of deities devoted to modern concerns: money, celebrity, decadence and technology. The principle character is the former criminal Shadow Moon—bodyguard to a Mr. Wednesday, conman and god—who is trying to recruit people to battle these new gods.
“I am thrilled, scared, delighted, nervous and a ball of glorious anticipation,” Neil said in a press release. “The team that is going to bring the world of American Gods to the screen has been assembled like the master criminals in a caper movie: I’m relieved and confident that my baby is in good hands. Now we finally move to the exciting business that fans have been doing for the last dozen years: casting our Shadow, our Wednesday, our Laura…”
This follows a failed attempt to adapt the book for HBO in 2011, via Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman’s production company Playtone.
Starz CEO Chris Albrecht said: “With our partners at FremantleMedia and with Bryan, Michael and Neil guiding the project, we hope to create a series that honors the book and does right by the fans, who have been casting it in their minds for years. The search for Shadow begins today!”
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