So many bundles of good news right now: Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed novel American Gods has been in talks to be adapted into a TV series for a while now, but the talks are finally over!
US channel Starz has officially picked American Gods up for a full series and, as if this news couldn’t get any better, Bryan Fuller (Hannibal, Pushing Daisies) and Michael Green (Heroes) will be acting as writers, showrunners and executive producers. Gaiman is set to join them as an executive producer with FremantleMedia North America.
Series production is due to start as soon as the producers find a their leading man to play the role of Shadow Moon.
Gaiman said of the news: “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.”
According to Variety, Starz are hoping to get fans involved with the casting process, using the hashtag #CastingShadow in an attempt to both promote the show and find out who fans would like to see as the lead character.
In a statement, Fuller and Green said: “Almost 15 years ago, Neil Gaiman filled a toy box with gods and magic, and we are thrilled to finally crack it open and play. We’re grateful to have Starz above us and FremantleMedia at our backs as we appease the gods, American or otherwise.”