Yesterday, longtime fans of Neil Gaiman's 2001 fantasy hit American Gods got some fantastic news: The Hugo and Nebula Award-winning novel will actually make it to the small screen. After years of talk of a series, and a false start at HBO, the show's been given a green light at Starz under the leadership of showrunners Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies, Hannibal) and Michael Green (Blade Runner 2, The Wolverine 3). This is a very exciting development for those of us who've loved the book for years, and though we won't get to actually see the show until some time next year, we're looking forward to watching everything come together over the next few months.
Obviously, the biggest American Gods TV news will come when Fuller, Green and company begin choosing the right actors to play Gaiman's iconic characters like Shadow, Mr. Wednesday and Mr. Nancy, and while that might take a while, it's far from the only intriguing thing to consider. Readers of American Gods know that one of the key strengths of the book is Gaiman's sense of place. It's a book that's as much about weird America as it is about world mythology, and as a result there are many iconic locations at work in the story. Some of these locations are real, like the famed House on the Rock in Wisconsin. Others, like the town of Lakeside, are fictional, but very much informed by Gaiman's own view of the American Midwest. Still others are unbridled fantasy creations from the depths of Gaiman's imagination, and all will have to be carefully portrayed.
To give us an idea of the kind of visual tone Fuller, Green and Gaiman are thinking about for the series, yesterday Fuller unveiled a stunning piece of concept art depicting one of the novel's most visually enticing set pieces: The Bone Orchard.
Sadly, that's the only concept art from an actual location that we've seen so far, but Fuller also shared a rather epic poster, featuring a car speeding down an iconic American highway while the powerful specter of a god looms above.
Adapting American Gods will be tricky business, in part because Gaiman's imagination is so specific, but Fuller's easily up to the task. Anyone who's seen the incredible work, visually and tonally, that he's done on Hannibal over the last three years will know that he can deliver something absolutely gorgeous. Now we just have to endure the agonizing wait to see the rest of it.
(Via Bryan Fuller)