Showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green exit American Gods

Contributed by
Nov 29, 2017, 7:05 PM EST

The Starz TV adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods has parted ways with the two men who brought the show to the screen.

Showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green have left the series ahead of its second season, according to Variety. Fuller and Green adapted Gaiman's modern dark fantasy novel for TV and ran the first season, earning critical raves and enough viewers to secure a second year early on.

But Fuller and Green informed the cast today that they were exiting the series, reportedly due to budget issues and creative differences with Freemantle Media, the production company behind the expensive ($10 million per episode) show. Most of the scripts for Season 2 have apparently already been written, and although a new showrunner has yet to be named, Gaiman -- who's an executive producer on the show -- may come on board to handle at least some of those duties.

American Gods has been one of Starz's biggest success stories, with nearly 1 million viewers watching its premiere last April 30 live and another 4 million checking it out via delayed viewing or through other platforms.

The show stars Ian McShane as Mr. Wednesday, aka the god Odin, who employs an ex-con named Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle) as his personal bodyguard when a war between the Old Gods of myth and the New Gods of modern society, media, and technology begins brewing across America.

This is the second high-profile series that Fuller has exited in the past year. He also left Star Trek: Discovery during the development and early production of that show, ironically citing his duties on American Gods as one of the reasons for his departure. As for the future, Fuller is developing the Amazing Stories revival, while Green -- who wrote or co-wrote Logan, Murder on the Orient Express, and Blade Runner 2049 for the big screen this year -- has other TV projects in the works.

Season 2 of American Gods is slated to premiere in mid-2018. What do you think will happen with the exit of Green and Fuller?