Neil Gaiman's American Gods novel is ascending to a premiere spot on Starz' 2016 schedule after being shuffled around various prospective networks.
When HBO abandoned its plans for a prestige, six-episode event series, Freemantle Media and Starz picked up the project in turnaround last year with Bryan Fuller (Heroes, Hannibal) and Michael Green (Blade Runner 2, Wolverine 3, Prometheus 2) attached as showrunners. Now Starz has officially lit the green light on American Gods, and casting has apparently already begun for its perfect Shadow Moon and Mr. Wednesday.
The Hugo and Nebula award-winning fantasy saga was first published in 2001 and has been translated into more than 30 languages. Here's the official synopsis of Gaiman's celebrated novel:
The plot posits a war brewing between old and new gods: the traditional gods of biblical and mythological roots from around the world steadily losing believers to an upstart pantheon of gods reflecting society’s modern love of money, technology, media, celebrity and drugs. Its protagonist, Shadow Moon, is an ex-con who becomes bodyguard and traveling partner to Mr. Wednesday, a conman but in reality one of the older gods, on a cross-country mission to gather his forces in preparation to battle the new deities.
Gaiman, who will also executive-produce his book's adaptation, seemed especially pleased with the supernatural project's forward momentum.
"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..."
No word yet on exact production start dates, but expect American Gods to be part of Starz' prime-time 2016 lineup. Are you excited to see Gaiman's gods go at it next year?