In what seemed like an eternity being stuck in developmental hell (first mentioned as a possible TV adaptation in 2011), Neil Gaiman's American Gods is being brought to TV with Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daises, Hannibal) and Michael Green (Kings, Heroes) as co-showrunners on the premium cable channel Starz, the network announced in a press release.
Released in 2001, American Gods tells the story of Shadow Moon, a mysterious man who travels across the country encountering numerous gods of legend and folklore with an even more mysterious companion who calls himself Mr. Wednesday. American Gods won a number of awards including the Bram Stoker Award, Hugo Award, and Nebula Award for Best Novel of the Year.
"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," said Gaiman in the release. "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."
"I haven't actually checked Bryan Fuller or Michael Green for quote tattoos, but I would not be surprised if they have them," Gaiman continued, jokingly. "The people at Fremantle are the kinds of people who have copies of American Gods in the bottom of their backpacks after going around the world, and who press them on their friends. And the team at Starz have been quite certain that they wanted to give Shadow, Wednesday and Laura a home since they first heard that the book was out there. I can't wait to see what they do to bring the story to the widest possible audience able to cope with it."
"Neil Gaiman has created the holiest of holy toy boxes with American Gods and filled it with all manner of magical thing, born of new gods and old," said Fuller. "Michael Green and I are thrilled to crack this toy box wide open and unleash the fantastical titans of heaven and earth and Neil's vividly prolific imagination."
American Gods has been translated in over 20 lanuages and would join Starz' other drama series including Black Sails and Power if moved forward. It would also be Fuller's second adaptated series, after the Hannibal series, which was recently picked up for a third season by NBC.
No casting has been announced.