By T. Mack
Before I share the news of the television show based on Neil Gaiman’s novel, American Gods, that is coming to the Starz network, I have to gush for just a minute. I can’t possibly begin to write about this adaptation, developed and written by one of my favorite guys, Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies, Dead Like Me, Wonderfalls) until I’ve spent just a minute explaining why Neil Gaiman is so awesome and thus, why this news is so thrilling. If I could, I would take this moment to explain that Starz is a wonderful option for this adaptation because they are a premium channel with production power and funding like HBO and Showtime without the commitment to overabundant nudity and profanity that the other networks seem to have. If I didn’t have other things to talk about first, I might also give a reminder that Starz is the same network that brought us the last season of Torchwood, the Doctor Who spinoff featuring Captain Jack Harkness. But all that has to wait, because… NEIL!!!!
Neil Gaiman is one of the most talented science-fiction writers of our time. Even those who are unfamiliar with his name know of his work, which includes adult and young adult novels, short stories, comic books, graphic novels, television shows and movies. Some of his most well-known titles are Neverwhere, Coraline, Stardust, The Sandman, The Graveyard Book, Anansi Boys and multiple episodes of Doctor Who, including the Eleventh Doctor episode, The Doctor’s Wife.
Gaiman weaves stories that are intricate, poignant and profound with rich and dynamic characters and plots that are usually creepy, often terrifying yet somehow uplifting. If anyone reading this has not previously read his work, I recommend rectifying that situation immediately. I suggest beginning with either Stardust (book and/or movie) or The Ocean at the End of the Lane (book).
Now, about this news: Gaiman’s book, American Gods, revolves around the conflict between the old gods and today’s modern, materialistic ones. In this case,”gods” is not used as a euphemism. The characters are actual gods. For example, Thor’s father, Odin, plays a significant role in the story. The protagonist of the book is Shadow Moon, an ex-con working as a body-guard for one of the aforementioned deities.
Bryan Fuller is working with Michael Green to develop and write the show. The two will act as showrunners and executive producers for the series. Gaiman will also act as an executive producer on behalf of FreMantleMedia North America. This show has been in development since at least 2013, when it was supposed to come to HBO. Honestly, I think a bullet may have been dodged. I’m very much looking forward to this show as I do everything Neil Gaiman.
Are you familiar with this author? What is your favorite work from him? Do you think Starz will do a good job adapting his work?Tell us your thoughts in the comments.