Neil Gaiman’s hit fantasy novel, American Gods, has been adapted into a scripted drama by FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) and will premier on the STARZ network. Gaiman will server as an executive producer of the series while Bryan Fuller (Hannibal, Heroes) and Michael Green (The River, Heroes) will co-write the series.
Production hinges only on casting at this point which STARZ is allowing fans to participate in by tweeting their suggestions for the title role of Shadow Moon to @AmericanGodsSTZ and @STARZ_Channel with the hashtag #CastingShadow. How seriously they’ll be taking the suggestions is unclear but it should be amusing nontheless. #RDJAllTheThings
Gaiman has already released some concept art on his Twitter page:
— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) June 16, 2015
American Gods, published in 2001, has received a Hugo and a Nebula Award. The story revolves around Shadow Moon, an ex-convict, who lives in a world where gods and mythological creatures exist because people believe they do. He eventually gets pulled into a war between the Old Gods and the New Gods. Appearances from all over mythos are strewn throughout the story, more notable ones including: Odin, Loki, Johnny Appleseed, the Easter goddess, among many others.
With Gaiman very involved with the project, it is likely the story won’t be given the artistic treatment other books-turned-TV-series have suffered (looking at you Game of Thrones). Gaiman himself seems confident in the assembled team’s abilities:
“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…
Who do you think should star as the main characters, Shadow Moon? Mr. Wednesday? Laura Moon? Let us know in the comments section, on Facebook, Twitter, or Google Plus!Source: STARZ.com