Neil Gaiman’s riveting book American Gods (which we just talked about briefly on our cousin site Best Comic Books) is making its way to the small screen soon. The highly anticipated adaptation will run for 10 episodes on Starz beginning April 30th.
Given the story’s grim fantastical tone it’s looking as though Starz is continuing to make a slow and steady – and most important – fearless shift in programming (to Starz’s credit, they’ve never been afraid to push the boundaries). Ash vs. Evil Dead has not only been a consistently awesome series, it’s been well-received by fans and critics alike (I personally ordered Starz just for Ash vs. Evil Dead alone, literally), while The Missing looks both eerie and heartbreaking.
Starz is heading in a fine direction, and American Gods will most likely support that statement. It’s a killer story.
Bryan Fuller and Michael Green created the show.
Cloris Leachman, Ricky Whittle, Ian McShane, Gillian Anderson, Crispin Glover, Emily Browning, Orlando Jones, Pablo Schreiber, Bruce Langley, Dane Cook and Peter Stormare star.
That’s a hell of a lineup, here’s the trailer, and here’s to hoping Starz releases a preview disc to media. This show looks bad ass!
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.