News about the American Gods show is rareand it feels like we’ve been hearing about the TV adaptation forever. But tStarz has just announced that they’ve greenlit Bryan Fuller’s series, and it looks like American Gods on TV finally be happening!

In a press release issued today, Freemantle Media announced that Starz has given the go-ahead for the adaption, which Fuller will write and showrun. Neil Gaiman will be a part of the series as an executive producer, alongside Fuller, Craig Cegielski and Stefanie Berk. Interestingly, the release also says that production’s start-up is dependent on the crew casting the lead role of Shadow Moon, so it seems like everything is about as early as it can be right now, but at least something has moved forward in an official capacity. Here’s Gaiman on finally seeing American Gods get a chance on the small screen:

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...

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An American Gods adaptation has been in the works in one form for another for years at this point — originally Tom Hanks and HBO were planning a six-season series, but that project fell apart before we learned that Fuller and Starz were working on a new adaptation last year.

Announcing a greenlight is a major step forward, but it looks like American Gods is still quite a long way from appearing on our TV screens. Fingers crossed this one works out.