American Gods TV series brings in Hannibal director

Hannibal veteran joins Bryan Fuller’s TV series of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods

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Hannibal director and executive producer David Slade will join American Gods
Hannibal director and executive producer David Slade will join American Gods

Hannibal may be dormant (we can’t and won’t say dead) but Bryan Fuller has found a way to work with his old friends again as Starz’ American Gods TV series gears up for pre-production.

Deadline reports that Hannibal executive producer and director David Slade will join Fuller and his co-showrunner Michael Green on American Gods, performing a very similar role. He’ll direct the pilot and serve as EP on the series, which is set to air on Starz in 2017.

Slade was hugely important in setting the tone for the Hannibal TV show, which, as we all know, was the most beautiful show on television, and the episodes he directed in addition to the pilot included both the first and second seasons’ finales. When Fuller has mentioned the idea of a Hannibal film, he’s mentioned Slade as the ideal director, and let’s not forget his excellent feature films Hard Candy and 30 Days Of Night.

We can add this to the relatively slim list of things that we actually know about the American Gods TV show, which includes the fact that Neil Gaiman himself will be writing some of the episodes. There have been no casting announcements, but with this latest news and the fact that Starz have given the show a straight to series order, we just keep getting more excited…

“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.”

American Gods will air on Starz in 2017 in the US. You can buy Neil Gaiman’s American Gods for £6.29 at Amazon.co.uk. Keep up with the latest genre news with the new issue of SciFiNow.