After a swing and a miss in trying to get the classic Neil Gaiman novel, American Gods, onto HBO the series has finally found it’s place at Starz. The series will be about an ex-con named Shadow. Shadow’s wife is killed in a “car crash” and he’s released from prison only to be offered a job by a man named Mr. Wednesday in an effort to aid the old gods in a war against the new American gods.
Michael Green (Heroes, Smallville) and Bryan Fuller (Hannibal) are the show runners and are even penciling the first episode together. Gaiman will be aboard as an executive producer.
Gaiman released a statement in a Starz press release:
“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. What I love most about the team who 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.
“…I can’t wait to see what they do to bring the story to the widest possible audience able to cope with it.”
There hasn’t been confirmation if the novel’s sequel, Anansi Boys, will eventually work its way into the show.
Will Starz be able to do the classic Gaiman tale justice? Are you excited for the show? Let me know in the comments below!