Brian Fuller does seem to be a busy man and his next project is one that will be very interesting to see. He is adapting Neil Gailmans ‘American Gods’ for the small screen. In an interview with Crave, he spoke of his plans for the show. “What we are looking at with American Gods is developing a Marvel Universe, not with superheroes but with gods.”
“[We] may have spin-offs of American Gods that follow lesser gods in greater detail than you might in the main series, but there’s all sorts of potential for this show.”
American Gods considers the ideas that gods exist when we believe them. So if you believe in them they are real. With less and less people believing in the creatures and gods of mythology and religion new gods have appeared. These new gods reflect on humanity’s, and particularly America’s, obsession with the media, technology, celebrity culture and drugs, although the list goes on. The main character is a man called Shadow and we follow his story within this chaotic world.
Fuller even commented on the subject matter at hand: “There’s conversations in the writer’s room that we are having on this show that I’ve never had in a writer’s room before, because we’re actually given the ability to talk about fate and belief, and the rules which we use to navigate society being challenged in a fashion that is not anti-religion, but not necessarily letting religion off the hook entirely… we all have some sort of belief-like thing in our brain that could arguably be delusional, whether it’s ghosts or gods or whatever superstition, black cats, walking under ladders, et cetera.”
It is going to be very interesting to see how they do it and what will happen. It is one of those things that needs to be very carefully done. People will undoubtedly be offended by it, though. With something like this you would hope though that if it is good, and I mean really good, that Starz, the network airing it, will keep it going strong.
We will get to see American Gods in 2017.