Shoot For The Starz, You Might Land Among Gods

It was in February that we found out that American Gods no longer had a home at HBO. Despite developing the project for years, and having spent a horse load of money trying to get the project off the ground, they never found an adaptation that they felt did the novel justice. It is a rare thing for a network to sink money into a project, and just let it go, but HBO isn't just any network. They've got standards (and also dragons, but that's neither here nor there).

While some other networks were rumoured to be interested in American Gods at the time HBO let their claim lapse, we hadn't heard anything more about it until now. Starz, who is till trying to establish themselves as an original content developer (after the commercial or critical failures of shows like Camelot, Boss or Torchwood, and the sexy successes of Sparticus and DeVinci's Demons) have stepped up and taken on the task. The pilot episode will be written by Hannibal showrunner Bryan Fuller, and his former fellow Heroes writer Michael Green, who will serve as showrunner, saving Fuller from having to do double duty on both series (one can't help but wonder if Fuller set this up in case Hannibal didn't get a third season). Both will produce the show along with Neil Gaiman, who one also expects will eventually add his own talents to a script or two (I envision his role on the series as being similar to the model George R.R. Martin has established on Game of Thrones, but that's just me spit balling).

Said Gaiman, "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 [editor's note: I have done this myself]. 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." Added Fuller, "Neil Gaiman has created the holiest of holy toy boxes... 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." It should be noted that one of Gaiman's last drafts he completed for HBO added in additional material not from the novel, which HBO didn't like. Fuller's comment might be suggestive that Starz was more receptive to broadening the scope of the novel to include original content, which I would be fine with.

This is an early announcement, and really we're no further along than we were a few years ago when HBO announced something similar. But it does show that there is still interest in the Gods, and that one day it might actually happen. And to anyone who pulls it off, it has the potential to be their own Game of Thrones.

Via Collider.
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