Starz and Freemantle Media announced today that they have greenlit the television series American Gods based on the best-selling novel by writer Neil Gaiman. Bryan Fuller, the genius behind the Hannibal TV show, Pushing Daisies and Dead Like Me (oh and that show Heroes) and Michael Green (also Heroes) are going to Showrun American Gods. These two are known for visually stunning shows with complex storylines. American Gods looks like it is in good hands…finally. Neil Gaiman is set to be one of the executive producers.
For those who have not had the distinct pleasure of reading through American Gods, the book is the story of an ex-con named Shadow. After getting out of prison, he discovers his wife, Laura, and best friend are dead and the job he was counting on when getting out has now evaporated. He becomes the bodyguard and traveling companion to a man named Mr. Wednesday. Mr. Wednesday is in reality, an older god on a cross-country mission to gather the old gods to battle the new deities. The book is full of rich imagery, and the team of Fuller and Green are very much up to the task.
Starz and Freemantle Media are also looking to get a good idea of who you want to see as Shadow. Fans can tweet @AmericanGodsSTZ and @STARZ_Channel using the hashtag #CastingShadow to share who they think should play the role of “Shadow Moon.”
So how does Neil Gaiman feel? Per the official press release:
“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…”