Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Starz Picks Up Adaptation for Neil Gaiman's "American Gods" with Bryan Fuller and Michael Green!

This is such exciting news that Red Dot Diva had to wake up at 4:30 AM to post this!

Just fresh in - Starz TV cable channel will be developing Neil Gaiman's novel "American Gods" together with FremantleMedia North America. This was just after HBO explained that why they lost the option for picking up the series. (io9 had the news about that here.)

Red Dot Diva is glad that the project is having a chance with Starz TV, and this time with fabulous writers like Bryan Fuller ("Hannibal", "Pushing Daisies") and Michael Green ("Heroes") acting as showrunners of the screen adaptation and developing the pilot's script. Neil Gaiman and FreemantleMedia North America will also executive produce for the series.


Neil Gaiman's comment about this is as follows: "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."

"American Gods", the 2001 Hugo and Nebula Award-winning urban fantasy novel, and weaves a tale about a con-man Shadow who finds himself involved in a battle between old gods and new gods in the American landscape, amongst other various intriguing subplots that were revealed along the way.

Ahhhh! So much excites! Red Dot Diva loves Bryan Fuller's vivid imagination and with such a solid team, it looks hopeful that the project might not stay in development hell. (Red Dot Diva bets there are evil new gods in *that* particular dominion, but let's delay on making sacrifices for awhile and see if Starz manages to win this epic battle.) 

What do you think?

1 comment:

  1. I can imagine this would be a difficult movie to do. Heck, to cast! I too am glad HBO had the sensitivity to realize they couldn't do it justice.