HBO recently abandoned plans to make a series out of Neil Gaiman’s book, American Gods, but now another pay-channel has picked up where they left off. Starz has jumped in and will be developing the show for themselves, with the help of Hannibal’s Bryan Fuller and Heroes’ Michael Green.
Naturally, Neil Gaiman had a ton to say about the development:
“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,” Gaiman said. “What I love most about the team whom 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. 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 has 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.”
In other words, I’m happy that Fuller, Green and Starz are making this show out of my book, as they seem to like it. He can be a bit…verbose, but that’s why we love him, I guess.
Will American Gods have any better luck on Starz? The channel has found a few hits with shows like Spartacus, and a few that are teetering on the edge of relevancy like Da Vinci’s Demons and Black Sails. I wouldn’t say they have the strongest original series right now, but perhaps American Gods will change that.
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