After years of development at both HBO and Starz, the long-awaited series adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s AMERICAN GODS is officially a go at Starz. Hannibal showrunner Bryan Fuller and Kings creator Michael Green will shepherd the adaptation of Gaiman’s bestselling 2001 novel, which centers on a modern-day America where the ancient gods of myth exist in human form. Green and Fuller will script, executive produce, and serve as showrunners, while Gaiman himself will executive produce the Starz/FremantleMedia North America production.
“Almost 15 years ago, Neil filled a toy box with gods and magic, and we are thrilled to finally crack it open and play. We’re grateful to have Starz above us and FremantleMedia at our backs as we appease the gods, American or otherwise. Neil has given us a lot of room to really dig into the characters and he’s shared them with us. It’s an immigration story really, at its heart, so it feels like we can unpack that in a way that allows us to tell a signature story.” Fuller and Green jointly released in a statement.
Starz has announced that production is contingent on the casting of the series’ lead, Shadow Moon, an ex-con and bodyguard for Mr. Wednesday, an ancient deity.
Regarding the project, Gaiman said, “I am thrilled, scared, delighted, nervous and a ball of glorious anticipation. 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 …”
Starz CEO Chris Albrecht added, “Starz is committed to bring American Gods to its legions of fans. 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!”
Gaiman’s novel has won a multitude of accolades including a Nebula, Hugo, and Bram Stoker Award and has been translated into over 30 languages worldwide.
Clark Allen | Associate Editor