Neil Gaiman’s seminal fantasy novel American Gods is coming to our TV screens next year thanks to co-creators Bryan Fuller and Michael Green, but until then, we have a first look at modern deity Technical Boy.
If you’re wondering just who the heck Technical Boy (Bruce Langley) is, he’s described as “a powerful god who feeds off your devotion to the Internet.” He’s one of the New Gods of the modern age (reflecting society’s love of money, technology, media, celebrities and drugs) clashing with the old gods of ancient myths. He rides a fancy limo and is also a huuuuge thorn in the side of our hero, Shadow (Ricky Whittle), an ex-con who serves as bodygard and traveling companion to Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane).
In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Fuller, who also acts as showrunner, explained how they needed to update the 2001 book character -- described as a “pimply Matrix fanboy” -- for the 2017 Starz series. Here’s how Fuller says they went about it:
“We needed to establish a frame of reference for the aesthetic of the Technical Boy, and [director] David Slade, I believe, was the first one to say ‘Commodore 64. That will mean more to the audience once they understand more of the Technical Boy’s story — why the Commodore 64 and that era of technology is so informative for the look of him and the story and the general aesthetic when we first sample his world.”
Technical Boy is said to be the character who was the most changed from the book version. The reason? It's because of how technology has evolved from 2001 to 2016. Here's what Green said:
“Technology has gone from something that was the province of the young to something ubiquitous and in your pocket, and the aesthetics of that have changed. Technology very much has a tie into fashion, which goes in cycles and changes overnight. What’s in fashion, technologically, and what’s in fashion, in fashion, are minute to minute and you can’t possibly keep up. And we look to the Technical Boy to be someone who’s very much a victim of both. The idea of feeling like you have to feed the beast of what’s new and what’s fresh is very much in his mind.”