'American Gods' is heading to the small screen.
American Gods, Neil Gaiman's celebrated novel often considered the most acclaimed fantasy book of the 21st century, is heading to the small screen. Starz has ordered a full series with Hannibal creator Bryan Fuller and Kings creator Michael Green serving as co-showrunners.
Neil Gaiman's American Gods is heading to the small screen
"I am thrilled, scared, delighted, nervous and a ball of glorious anticipation," said Gaiman in a statement. "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."
Based on the idea that gods and mythological creatures exist because people believe in them, American Gods follows ex-convict turned reluctant bodyguard Shadow Moon, who is the reincarnation of Baldr, the Norse god of light.
"The search for Shadow begins today!" Starz CEO Chris Albrecht said in a statement.
"We hope to create a series that honors the book and does right by the fans, who have been casting it in their minds for years," he added.
American Gods is apparently a major priority for FremantleMedia North America as it looks to push forward with its scripted production operations.
"Neil's novel is a brilliant work of art, and together with the talented Bryan Fuller and Michael Green, we are committed to delivering a series that is nothing short of extraordinary," said FremantleMedia North America co-CEO Craig Cegielski.