TVLine Items: Fuller Eyes American Gods, Hysteria at Amazon and More

American Gods Starz

The man behind TV’s Hannibal is taking on another popular book: Neil Gaiman’s American Gods.

Writer/producers Bryan Fuller and Michael Green (The River, Kings) are penning an adaptation of the urban fantasy novel for Starz.

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Fuller and Green will serve as showrunners on the potential series, while Gaiman will be an executive producer.

“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 in a statement. “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 was previously in development at HBO.

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* The BET Awards on Sunday night, hosted by Chris Rock, drew 7.9 million total viewers, out sister site Deadline reports.

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