American Gods Series May Include Anansi Boys Characters

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Loyal Neil Gaiman fans amongst you may remember that a couple of months ago, we reported that US cable network Starz had picked up a concept for a TV adaptation of American Gods, to be produced by FremantleMedia. With funding made available and the wheels of the project now set in motion, more news has broken regarding Gaiman’s own involvement in the series, and what – or perhaps whom – we might expect to see putting in appearances on screen.

Under the guidance of Showrunner and Executive Producer Bryan Fuller (Hannibal, Pushing Daisies, Heroes), American Gods is set to begin shooting in late 2015, with a view to being ready to grace our TV screens in 2016. It’s a long time to wait, but it sounds as though it will be worth it, with Fuller having revealed some ambitious plans for the project in an interview with Crave Online:

“It’s basically the following the events of the books but expanding those events, and expanding the point of view to go above and beyond [main characters] Shadow and Wednesday. In that way, as with Game of Thrones, there are dozens of characters that you’re tracking through the events and that’s probably the biggest similarities between the worlds, in that there’s a wide variety of characters at play.”

As well as setting out his intention to explore the narrative from multiple perspectives, Fuller also acknowledged that characters and ideas from Gaiman’s Anansi Boys – a sort of light-hearted companion piece to the darker and more serious American Gods – could also feature in the show, with FremantleMedia having been granted permission to incorporate them.

Perhaps most excitingly though, Fuller spoke to Crave about how much a part of the development process Gaiman himself had become:

“Neil’s executive producing and he’s very involved. He’s given birth to the baby, raised the baby, and now Michael Green [Executive Producer] and I are marrying the baby […] he is absolutely integral to the process”.

Asked whether Gaiman would be writing any of the scripts for the series, Fuller replied, “He’d better. He god damn well better.”

Are you excited about the American Gods adaptation? Which Anansi Boys characters would you like to see included in it? Let us know in the comments.

Sources: Comic Book | Crave Online

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