From the incredible imagination of author Neil Gaiman comes the series adaptation of American Gods.
Some of the most fascinating stories of the modern day have come from the mind of author Neil Gaiman and American Gods is no different. The series adaptation of Gaiman’s 2001 novel has been kicking around in development for years, attached to both HBO and Cinemax at one time or another before finally landing at the Starz network.
Starz released a first look at the incredible undertaking yesterday and fans of Gaiman and television alike are losing their minds over what looks to be ‘must-see tv.’ Gaiman himself has seen the scripts and, except for a few notes here and there, he has praised the talent and writing behind the series.
American Gods is the story of Shadow Moon, a convict released from prison, who inadvertently gets tangled up in a war between the old world gods (think characters from Thor) and the new gods (think ‘the internet’) happening in the midst of modern-day American culture. The series stars a slew of television favorites including Gillian Anderson (X-Files, The Fall), Ricky Whittle (The 100), Ian McShane (Deadwood, Ray Donovan), Cloris Leachman (Raising Hope), Pablo Schreiber (Orange is the New Black, The Brink), Orlando Jones (Sleepy Hollow), Crispin Glover (Texas Rising), and Dane Cook (Hawaii Five-O).
Watch the trailer above and, if you’re like me, you’ll want to read the book before the series begins. Read the synopsis below:
A storm is coming…
Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the magic day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life.
But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow’s best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday. A trickster and rogue, Wednesday seems to know more about Shadow than Shadow does himself.
Life as Wednesday’s bodyguard, driver, and errand boy is far more interesting and dangerous than Shadow ever imagined—it is a job that takes him on a dark and strange road trip and introduces him to a host of eccentric characters whose fates are mysteriously intertwined with his own. Along the way Shadow will learn that the past never dies; that everyone, including his beloved Laura, harbors secrets; and that dreams, totems, legends, and myths are more real than we know. Ultimately, he will discover that beneath the placid surface of everyday life a storm is brewing—an epic war for the very soul of America—and that he is standing squarely in its path. [Goodreads]
BONUS VIDEO: Watch below as Neil Gaiman describes to Seth Meyers what it’s like as a writer to hand over his work for a television or movie adaptation.