Cue the “That’s not in the book!” discussion in 3, 2, 1…: Starz has ordered to series an adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s popular novel American Gods.
Bryan Fuller (Hannibal) and Michael Green (Kings)will serve as writers and showrunners of the fantasy drama, the network announced Tuesday.
Gaiman’s 2001 novel follows a lonely ex-con named Shadow who takes a job as a bodyguard for the mysterious Mr. Wednesday. As the two men travel the United States, Shadow becomes aware that a war is imminent between the country’s old gods (think: ancient mythology) and its new ones (think: modern technology) — and that his part in the proceedings has been predestined. Oh, and Mr. Wednesday is one of the old gods, no biggie.
The series order is similar to the network’s adaptation of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander, which has a fervent following akin to American Gods‘. In a statement, Gaiman — who will be one of the series’ executive producers — said he was “thrilled, scared, delighted, nervous and a ball of glorious anticipation” about the project, adding, “I’m relieved and confident that my baby is in good hands.”
Bryan Fuller and Michael Green, also via statement, said, “Almost 15 years ago, Neil Gaiman filled a toy box with gods and magic and we are thrilled to finally crack it open and play. We’re grateful to have Starz above us and FremantleMedia [which will produce the series] at our backs as we appease the gods, American or otherwise.”
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