In 2017, Starz dropped one of the stranger shows on television when they premiered American Gods, based on the novel by Neil Gaiman. In the series, the gods of the old world are fading and largely forgotten, and they plan to change that by taking power back from the new gods – like Media, Technical Boy, and the god of globalization, Mr. World.
A lot has changed since we last talked about the television adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods…
So way back in 2011, when news broke of Gaiman’s novel heading to TV screens everywhere, the story involved the need to write more books, six seasons worth of show, and you needing an HBO subscription. In the years to follow HBO brought in several writers to adapt the project, before eventually abandoning it in 2014. In 2015, Starz announced that they had now picked up the rights and would have the first season out sometime next year. In charge of things are co-showrunners Bryan Fuller (Hannibal) and Michael Green (Heroes).
With the success of Game of Thrones on HBO, and The Walking Dead on AMC, it was really only a matter of time for the studios to start looking at other literary adaptations to bring to the small screen. A Powers pilot is underway, and we all know of the failed attempt to bring Wonder Woman to TV, not to mention a dozen others in development.
Enter Neil Gaiman. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard his name in connection with a proposed TV project, as his fan favorite Vertigo series The Sandman has long been in rumored development. That however, is not what we are here to talk about.