If you’re having trouble reading this story, it’s because I’m trying to make you jump for joy with me, so just politely nudge me over to the next person. Starz has proven its eternal worth by announcing a script to series order for Neil Gaiman's masterful 2001 novel American Gods, with none other than Hannibal creator Bryan Fuller penning the script, and Michael Green (Green Lantern, Kings) serving as showrunner. While this isn’t definitive news that American Gods will become a series, as the script has to be approved before the series order is placed, Starz sill just became my new favorite network.
Gaiman will executive produce the pilot, along with Green, Fuller and the lesser-known FremantleMedia North America, who surprisingly got together with Gaiman earlier this year to give the series a go. American Gods fans know to still be wary, as
The Technical Boy the Internet and media gave us reasons to cheer a few years ago, when Tom Hanks and HBO were teaming up for a pretty grand-scale adaptation. Of course, that fell through, much like every non-Game of Thrones fantasy project Hollywood’s elite have been cooking up.
Luckily, Fuller and Green are much more tuned into TV rather than cinema, so they’re more equipped to take this on. Fuller especially, who successfully jumped from Star Trek: Voyager to creating quirky cult dramedies like Wonderfalls and Dead Like Me. Somewhat more impressively, he then brushed off a failed Munsters pilot to give audiences Hannibal, a series that is as horrifically enjoyable as it is ostensibly faithful to Thomas Harris’ characters. But Hannibal goes back before Harris' written words, and American Gods should get a more straightforward approach. In as much as an epic battle between the elder gods and the modern gods can possibly be straightforward.
American Gods, which I’ve no doubt will become required reading in future decades, follows an ex-con named Shadow Moon, who is newly alone in the world once being released from prison. He takes a job as a bodyguard for a mysterious man named Mr. Wednesday and is introduced to a world of mythological characters and metaphorical ideas whose influences on society are weakening thanks to the modern gods that people now cling to, such as TV, the stock market and conspiratorial Men in Black. Once all the forces have been gathered together, suffice to say it doesn’t all end at a roundtable with everyone shaking hands and passing around steins of beer.
Nobody delivers darkly comedic and intricately apocalyptic fiction like Neil Gaiman, who naturally gave some of the most rewarding remarks ever to hit a press release.
That guy, am I right?
Starz is kind of the perfect place for American Gods to wind up, given the production design that goes into their big, bold dramas like Spartacus and Black Sails. First, though, it has to actually get to that series stage, and if there is anyone who can create the perfect American Gods pilot script, it’s Fuller. Don’t piss us off, Starz, as we all know the real god of television is a happy audience.
Nick is a Cajun Country native, and is often asked why he doesn't sound like that's the case. His love for his wife and daughters is almost equaled by his love of gasp-for-breath laughter and gasp-for-breath horror. A lifetime spent in the vicinity of a television screen led to his current dream job, as well as his knowledge of too many TV themes and ad jingles.
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