According to PR send out mere minutes ago, Starz has given a greenlight to FremantleMedia North America’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s fantasy novel American Gods.
Bryan Fuller will write the show, Neil Gaiman will executive producer with FreemantleMedia producing, and it will begin as and when the lead character of Shadow Moon, of whom there is very little visually mentioned in the novel, is cast.
The PR cites Gaiman as saying “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…”
So… American Gods versus The Wicked + The Divine, which has been picked up by Universal? Which will win?
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.
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