Starz Approves Series Adaptation Of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods

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American GodsStarz has announced it has greenlit the small screen adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s contemporary fantasy novel, American Gods.

According to CEO of Starz, Chris Albrecht, “STARZ is committed to bring ‘American Gods’ to its legions of fans. With our partners at FremantleMedia and with Bryan, Michael and Neil guiding the project, we hope to create a series that honors the book and does right by the fans, who have been casting it in their minds for years. The search for Shadow begins today!”

American Gods tells a story of 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.

The show will be run by Bryan Fuller and Michael Green, with FreemantleMedia serving as producers. The cast is yet to be known, but you can be sure it is going to be followed very closely, especially by fans of the novels. It is so serious that Shadow and Act is reporting that Starz’s continuous involvement with the series is contingent on the casting of the lead role, Shadow.

The American Gods novel released in 2001, has been translated to over 30 languages and won several awards, including Hugo and Nebula Awards for best Novel.

We’ll keep our ears to the ground for when more news on this surface and keep you posted.