Bryan Fuller Is Developing The American Gods TV Series For Starz

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Holy hell—Bryan Fuller is going to bring Neil Gaiman's American Gods to television. We are freaking out.

After American Gods got stuck in development hell at HBO it bounced around until finally finding a place to land today. Starz just announced in a press release that not only will they be providing a home for the long-awaited TV adaptation of Neil Gaiman's urban fantasy novel American Gods, but they are getting Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies, Hannibal) and Michael Green (The River, Kings0 to write the pilot and co-produce the show (along with Gaiman). Yes, wow, everyone freak out.

This is a very different crew than we anticipated, but we are very excited that Fuller will be around to work on the fantasy aspect of this book.

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In the press release, Gaiman had this to say about this show finally becoming a reality:

"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."

Fingers crossed, everyone. Guess we're ordering Starz now.

[via ComingSoon]

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Okay, I'm worried. And not excited. Before anyone freaks out at me, let me explain why.

American Gods is one of my favorite books of all time. It is in my opinion the Great American Novel, more than Moby Dick, way more than the Great Gatsby. It's one of Gaiman's best, and just a brilliant novel. It's grounded despite its premise, brutal, honest, and fascinating. It's a road and crime novel set in the world of gods. And it was finite.

Sure, there's Monarch of the Glen, Anansi Boys, and Gaiman is writing essentially American Gods 2. But American Gods itself is one book. It would make the perfect miniseries on a high-end cable channel. The idea of trying to make a multi-season series has worried me from day one, because so much of it could be lost by trying to stretch it out. And then there's the people behind the show.

So the guys behind Heroes (a campy show that was never as good as the world seemed to think it was) and Hannibal (a decent show that seems to have gotten over its procedural roots, but is more style and art than the grounded, substance-based American Gods) are showrunning this. I'm really afraid they'll play up the surrealism and visual wackiness and camp. Part of the joy of the book is how utterly normal things are when a sudden insanely supernatural thing happens. I would have thought someone from Boardwalk Empire or something would be a better fit for the story.

At the very least, this needs to cast Jason Momoa as Shadow. He's the only actor with the talent, build, and appearance for the part. If they don't get him, I shall seriously be worried.