Starz is Developing Gaiman’s American Gods

Starz logoStarz has announced a script to series development of FremantleMedia North America’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed urban fantasy novel American Gods.  The pilot script will be penned by Bryan Fuller, who will also showrun the series. FremantleMedia North America’s Thom Beers, Craig Cegielski and Stefanie Berk will executive produce the series along with Bryan Fuller, Michael Green and Neil Gaiman. FremantleMedia will produce the series and American_godsdistribute it worldwide.

The 2001 novel has 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 biblical and 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.