We’re getting our first, real look at Bryan Fuller’s series adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s 2001 novel, American Gods.
American Gods is an adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s novel (he also serves as executive producer) about a brewing war between the old and new gods. Shadow Moon (Rick Whittle), an ex-convict sets out to reluctantly protect an individual by the name of Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane), one of the gods who’s disguised as a con man. On their cross-country road trip, the god amasses forces for the war to come.
At this past San Diego Comic Con, Fuller talked a little bit of what’s in store for both fans of the book and new initiates:
“We’ll take care of you, however you come to this: you’re in good hands… It becomes fan fiction in a wonderful way…We’re dedicated to the source material but we’re also tasked with bringing it to television.”
Bryan Fuller is no stranger to Comic Con and TV audiences in general. His three seasons of Hannibal fostered one of the most intense and committed fanbases of any recent show, one that went into a frenzy after the series’ cancellation (rightfully so). Now Fuller is back with his adaptation of American Gods, and the show continues with his trend of producing visually lush, yet darkly textured shows with dialogue that often sounds lyrical in tempo. All of that is on full-display with the short teaser. It’s also a bit of a Hannibal reunion as David Slade is back, directing the pilot and coming on as an executive producer.
Here’s the official synopsis for American Gods:
American Gods been translated into over 30 languages and earned numerous accolades including Hugo, Nebula and Bram Stoker Awards for Best Novel. The plot posits a war brewing between old and new gods: the traditional gods of mythological roots from around the world steadily losing believers to an upstart pantheon of gods reflecting society’s modern love of money, technology, media, celebrity and drugs. Its protagonist, Shadow Moon, is an ex-con who becomes bodyguard and traveling partner to Mr. Wednesday, a conman but in reality one of the older gods, on a cross-country mission to gather his forces in preparation to battle the new deities.
American Gods will star Ricky Whittle and Ian McShane, along with Emily Browning, Gillian Anderson, Pablo Schreiber, Yetide Badaki, Bruce Langley, Crispin Glover and, announced at SDCC, Kristin Chenoweth as Easter. The series is expected to premiere in 2017.