Neil Gaiman’s American Gods Will Rise on Starz

American Gods by Neil GaimanI’ve never read Neil Gaiman’s “American Gods,” but I hear it’s good. Then again, it’s Neil Gaiman. I haven’t heard anyone say a bad thing about anything this guy has produced. Maybe he really is that good?

That might be what the Starz Channel and their partners at FremantleMedia are counting on, ecause they’ve snatched up Gaiman’s “American Gods” for a TV series adaptation, with “Hannibal’s” Bryan Fuller, along with Michael Green, penning the pilot episode and staying on to run the whole shebang.

Gaiman is apparently hype about the project, saying in a press statement:

When you create something like ‘American Gods,’ which attracts fans and obsessives and people who tattoo quotes from it on themselves or each other, and who all, tattooed or not, just care about it deeply, it’s really important to pick your team carefully: you don’t want to let the fans down, or the people who care and have been casting it online since the dawn of recorded history. What I love most about the team who I trust to take it out to the world, is that they are the same kind of fanatics that ‘American Gods’ has attracted since the start. I haven’t actually checked Bryan Fuller or Michael Green for quote tattoos, but I would not be surprised if they have them. The people at Fremantle are the kinds of people who have copies of ‘American Gods’ in the bottom of their backpacks after going around the world, and who press them on their friends. And the team at Starz have been quite certain that they wanted to give Shadow, Wednesday and Laura a home since they first heard that the book was out there.I can’t wait to see what they do to bring the story to the widest possible audience able to cope with it.

I think he approves.

The plot of “American Gods,” which was originally published in 2001, “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.”

Upstart gods of money and celebrity. That explains the Kardashians, I guess.

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