OMG, do I have the BEST NEWS EVER for fans of Neil Gaiman‘s novel American Gods. Back in February we learned that plans were still very much in the works for the book to be adapted into a TV series after it was reported that the project had been picked up by Freemantle Productions. We knew at the time that the series would not be headed for HBO as was originally reported back in 2011 but, at the time of the report, no network was announced for the project. Today we learn that American Gods will be headed for the Starz cable network — and get this — it’s being executive produced by Bryan Fuller, the genius who brought us Pushing Daisies AND Hannibal! Woot!!!
After nearly three years of development at HBO ended in stalemate, most assumed that American Gods had simply gone the way of other complicated Neil Gaiman adaptations. But in a world where Sandman finally gets a green light for a movie, Gaiman’s other popular fantasy about the interplay between man and mythological creatures is now getting another chance at Starz. On the back of the project being picked up by Fremantle Media (producers of the upcoming remake of The Returned), Starz has partnered with Fremantle and executive producers Gaiman, Bryan Fuller, and Michael Green to develop a series based on the 2001 novel about Old World gods struggling to exist in the modern era—a time when their powers have waned thanks to being supplanted by newer deities with greater charisma, such as the acne-ridden teenager who rules the Internet.
Fuller—no stranger to characters with god complexes thanks to work on Heroes and Hannibal—will write the pilot, with showrunning duties falling to Green, creator of the short-lived biblical drama Kings and a writer-producer on Heroes, Smallville, and Green Lantern, so he’s similarly well-versed in people favoring new gods over old ones. And while HBO’s Michael Lombardo said that its hang-up about bringing American Gods to air was that “we couldn’t craft the script as good as we needed it to be” to match the bar for book adaptations HBO had already set with Game Of Thrones, Starz’s announcement shows no such reservations. “With our partners at Fremantle Media and with Bryan, Michael and Neil, we believe we can create a series that honors the book and does right by the fans and viewers,” said Carmi Zlotnik, managing director of Starz, and the new god of cable channel hubris in which you now place your faith.
OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG!!! Not only is Starz an EXCELLENT network for a series like this, I am most excited by the news that Bryan Fuller is involved in bringing American Gods to life on the small screen. Fuller has to be one of if not THE best producers working in television right now. His work is haunting, beautiful and completely revolutionary. His TV series’ look like works of art. I really liked Pushing Daisies but I am in LUST with Hannibal. The mind boggles at what can be accomplished with source material like Gaiman‘s novel American Gods. I am beyond excited for this project. I mean, I always was excited but the thought of Neil Gaiman and Bryan Fuller coming together for a new TV series is really too much to hope for. This show will be amazing … I’m talking, Game of Thrones level awesome. You mark my words.