Starz has found a new showrunner to take the reigns of AMERICAN GODS following the exits of original showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green, according to media reports.
Jesse Alexander, a writer/producer who previously worked with Fuller on Hannibal and Star Trek: Discovery, will take over on a brand new second season, executive producing with American Gods novel author Neil Gaiman.
According to THR, who broke the story, the work Fuller and Green had already done on Season 2 will be tossed out, allowing Alexander and Gaiman to start from scratch.
Additionally, the trade reports that Gaiman was not happy with Fuller and Green’s adaptation diverging from his novel, and the goal with Alexander’s hiring is to mount a more straightforward retelling of the story of Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle).
The THR report certainly makes Fuller and Green’s exit seem more contentious than originally reported, when budget and “creative differences” were the vague reasons give. Even as recently as January Starz boss Chris Albrecht took a hopeful tone regarding the former showrunners still contributing in some capacity going forward.
There’s no word yet on when the clean-slate Season 2 will commence. Fremantle did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The project is produced by FremantleMedia North America. Fuller and Green executive produced alongside Craig Cegielski, Stefanie Berk, and David Slade, who directed the pilot. Gaiman, who has won Hugo, Nebula, and Bram Stoker Awards for this book, also serves as an executive producer.
Linda Ge | TV Editor