Bryan Fuller And Michael Green — creators, writers, and showrunners of Starz’ American Gods — have left the show, according to Variety. Thankfully, it has nothing to do with sexual harassment allegations. Rather, it’s good old fashioned creative differences — or, rather, it was financial. Fuller and Green asked for more than the $10 million per episode they received last year, Starz promised them more money and then Freemantle — the production company — balked on the increase. Fuller and Green bailed.
$10 million is a lot for an episode of television seen by only 1.3 million per week, but a lot of those 1.3 million people only subscribe to Starz because of American Gods.
No word on who will replace them as showrunners, but I can’t imagine the show would be the same without Fuller’s distinctive style. They could reach out to Spartacus showrunner (and director of Pacific Rim 2) Steven S. DeKnight if they want to keep the blood flowing, but what’s American Gods without the kink that Fuller brings to it? Granted, I didn’t love the series as much as I hoped I would after the pilot, but I doubt anyone could do it more justice than Fuller.