Neil Gaiman’s American Gods has not had the easiest time getting adapted. There have been rumours of various productions throughout the years, but all of them seem to end poorly. However, it would seem that this might be about to change.
In a recent press release, it was announced that Stars has picked up the book for adaptation and that Brian Fuller (Dead Like Me, Pushing Daisies and Hannibal) will be producing.
For those who are unaware, here is a general synopsis of American Gods:
After three years in prison, Shadow has done his time. But as the time until his release ticks away, he can feel a storm brewing. Two days before he gets out, his wife Laura dies in a mysterious car crash, in adulterous circumstances. Dazed, Shadow travels home, only to encounter the bizarre Mr Wednesday claiming to be a refugee from a distant war, a former god and the king of America. Together they embark on a very strange journey across the States, along the way solving the murders, which have occurred every winter in one small American town. But the storm is about to break…
In regard to this recent news, Neil Gaiman was quoted saying: “I am thrilled, scared, delighted, nervous and a ball of glorious anticipation. The team that is going to bring the world of American Gods to the screen has been assembled like the master criminals in a caper movie: I’m relieved and confident that my baby is in good hands. Now we finally move to the exciting business that fans have been doing for the last dozen years: casting our Shadow, our Wednesday, our Laura”.
After many years in development hell, it is great to finally here some good news about this series. While the show is still a good way off, here’s hoping that it will live up to fan expectations, and not encounter any more troubles.