After floating around over on HBO for years before that network gave up on it despite the $40 million per season that Tom Hanks production company gave them to work with, American Gods was picked up FremantleMedia earlier this year. Now it’s finally found a network to bring the Neil Gaiman book to the small screen (probably)> Starz will be developing it, and this is the show (maybe with Outlander) that may finally put the network on the map.
And before you shake your head pessimistically, also know this: Bryan Fuller will be writing and directing the pilot before handing over the reins to Michael Green, who I’m sure is very good having worked on, uh, Heroes and The River and Everwood, plus he had a hand in writing The Green Lantern and the upcoming Blade Runner reboot and he re-wrote Prometheus 2. OH MY GOD, WHAT HAVE YOU DONE, STARZ?
No, no. I’m sure it’ll be fine, is what you can whisper to yourself. For the unfamiliar, American Gods is Neil Gaiman’s 2001 Hugo Award winning novel which portrays a war between the old gods of biblical and mythological roots and a new group of gods reflecting society’s modern love of money, technology, media, celebrity and drugs.
Its main character is Shadow Moon, who is described as “an ex-con who becomes bodyguard and traveling partner to Mr. Wednesday, a conman but in reality one of the older gods, on a cross-country mission to gather his forces in preparation to battle the new deities.”
Let the dreamcasting begin. Dibs on Karl Urban.