The American cable channel Starz has officially greenlit their adaptation of the 2001 Neil Gaiman novel, American Gods. Previously in stuck in development hell with HBO, American Gods was snapped up by Freemantle Media early last year, and since then we’ve had precious little news on the project, save for hearing that Bryan Fuller (Hannibal) and Michael Green (Heroes, Smallville) will be writing the show, and serving as showrunners. Gaiman himself will also be involved as executive producer.
Now, the start of production is only hinging on casting of the protagonist, Shadow Moon. Gaiman said in a recent statement:
I am thrilled, scared, delighted, nervous and a ball of glorious anticipation. The team that is going to bring the world of ‘American Gods’ to the screen has been assembled like the master criminals in a caper movie: I’m relieved and confident that my baby is in good hands. Now we finally move to the exciting business that fans have been doing for the last dozen years: casting our Shadow, our Wednesday, our Laura…
So, still precious little news to go on, but it’s better than having the project disappear off the face of the earth again. Here’s hoping Fuller and co can stick with the grand ideas we heard about last year, and that we’re still on track for a late-2016 release.
Last Updated: June 17, 2015