Starz Takes On FremantleMedia’s American Gods Adaptation

american-gods-book-cover-imageBack in February, MCM Buzz reported that a TV adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods had been taken on by FremantleMedia after being dropped from development at HBO. This week, the show – still under the direction of FremantleMedia North America – has been picked by US cable network Starz.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Starz has “handed out a script-to-series commitment to the project”, with writer-producers Bryan Fuller (Hannibal, Pushing Daisies, Heroes) and Michael Green (The River, Heroes, Smallville) now also attached as joint showrunners. Alongside Fuller and Green, the show will be executive produced by Thom Beers, Craig Cegielski, Stefanie Berk and Neil Gaiman himself.

For those yet to read the Hugo and Nebula award-winning novel, American Gods centres on the mysterious ex-con Shadow, released from prison only to learn of the death of his wife and best friend in a car accident. Still reeling from this loss, Shadow finds himself drawn into strange encounters with ancient, mythological deities who are preparing for battle with the modern, upstart gods that reflect a newly secular, market-driven world. As the novel progresses, Shadow must come to terms with uncomfortable truths about his own life, as well as discover the part he is destined to play in the looming war.

Said Gaiman:

“When you create something like American Gods, which attracts fans and obsessives and people who tattoo quotes from it on themselves or each other, and who all, tattooed or not, just care about it deeply, it’s really important to pick your team carefully. You don’t want to let the fans down, or the people who care and have been casting it online since the dawn of recorded history,” Gaiman said. “What I love most about the team whom I trust to take it out to the world, is that they are the same kind of fanatics that American Gods has attracted since the start. I haven’t actually checked Bryan Fuller or Michael Green for quote tattoos, but I would not be surprised if they have them. The people at Fremantle are the kinds of people who have copies of American Gods in the bottom of their backpacks after going around the world, and who press them on their friends. And the team at Starz has been quite certain that they wanted to give Shadow, Wednesday and Laura a home since they first heard that the book was out there. I can’t wait to see what they do to bring the story to the widest possible audience able to cope with it.”

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Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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