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American Gods - Neil Gaiman - Starz

Starz is moving forward with plans for a series adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s 2001 novel “American Gods,” to be shepherded by Bryan Fuller and Michael Green.

Fuller and Green are writing the adaptation and will serve as showrunners and exec producers. Gaiman will also exec produce for FremantleMedia North America.

Starz said series production would be begin once producers land their leading man for the role of Shadow Moon in the saga about a war between traditional gods from mythology and contemporary, materialistic deities. Shadow Moon is an ex-con and bodyguard for Mr. Wednesday, an older god in the guise of a conman.

SEE MORE:Starz, FremantleMedia North America Developing Neil Gaiman ‘American Gods’ Series

“I am thrilled, ‎scared, delighted, nervous and a ball of glorious anticipation. The team that is going to bring the world of ‘American Gods’ to the screen has been assembled like the master criminals in a caper movie: I’m relieved and confident that my baby is in good hands. Now we finally move to the exciting business that fans have been doing for the last dozen years: casting our Shadow, our Wednesday, our Laura,” Gaiman said.

Starz is looking to build buzz for the project by promoting the search for the right actor to limn the lead character with the social-media effort #CastingShadow , inviting fans to weigh on who should get the gig.

“We hope to create a series that honors the book and does right by the fans, who have been casting it in their minds for years,” Starz CEO Chris Albrecht said.

“American Gods” is a big priority for FremantleMedia North America as it looks to grow its scripted production operations. The novel was brought into FremantleMedia by exec Stefanie Berk.

“Neil’s novel is a brilliant work of art, and together with the talented Bryan Fuller and Michael Green, we are committed to delivering a series that is nothing short of extraordinary,” said FremantleMedia North America co-CEO Craig Cegielski said.

Starz is hanging on to pay TV and SVOD rights, but Fremantle will distribute the property in the rest of the world. The much-praised book, which has landed fantasy fiction’s Hugo and Nebula awards, has been translated into 30 languages.



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“Almost 15 years ago, Neil Gaiman filled a toy box with gods and magic, and we are thrilled to finally crack it open and play. We’re grateful to have Starz above us and FremantleMedia at our backs as we appease the gods, American or otherwise,” Fuller and Green said in a statement.

Fuller discussed his work on the project at the recent ATX Television Festival in Austin, telling fans, “I was raised Catholic, (Michael Green) was raised Jewish, so we both have fascination with these great mythological stories, so we were talking over lunch one day about how we both want to work together again on something, then ‘American Gods’ came up … There’s so much of that book that is a story of Shadow and Wednesday, and our approach is almost anthological — but we wouldn’t tell the network ‘anthological’ — in that we get to see Bilquis, who we see eat a man with her vagina in one chapter of the book and is never seen or heard from again. She’s a main character. We get to tell stories that start 5,000 years ago in ancient Babylonia and then see how she came to the modern day.”

He added, “Neil Gaiman has given us a lot of room to really dig into the characters and he’s shared them with us. It’s an immigration story really, at its heart, so it feels like we can unpack that in a way that allows us to tell a signature story.”

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Isn't this old news? They already released set photos and Ricky Whittle is playing the lead with Ian McShane starring too.

There's even a trailer.



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If you thought Falling Waters was confusing wait till you see American Gods.
Disclaimer: I read the book with eager anticipation and had difficult time grasping the premise.
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If you thought Falling Waters was confusing wait till you see American Gods.
Disclaimer: I read the book with eager anticipation and had difficult time grasping the premise.

Reading the book now and enjoying it so far. Hope it doesn't get convoluted! Looks like the cast choice matches the characters pretty well! Can't wait for the show to start.

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One month ahead of American Gods‘ April 30 debut, Starz has unveiled the opening title sequence for its highly anticipated series adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s award-winning novel...

http://tvline.com/2017/03/30/america...e-starz-video/
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After watching the trailer not sure this will be my cup of tea, seems to weird. I will definitely give it a try in case but the trailer didn't install confidence in me.

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I know the book gets a lot of love but the premise sounds kinda boring...the trailer for the show also doesn't look all that amazing to me...I'll probably wait until the season ends and read some impressions from people before deciding whether I want to watch it...

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And I thought the pilot for Spartacus had alot of blood in it...
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I was positive my wife would not like this, so I explained the concept and she was like, wow that sounds really cool. Can't wait to see what she thinks of it.

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I started reading the book because it was part of a digital book bundle I bought. Got about a quarter through and never finished. It never grabbed me. Always hated the main character's name too. Maybe the show will win me over.
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Enjoyed the pilot episode. It loosely set up what was going on and the ending set up the premise for the rest of the series/season. I haven't read the books, so I'm going in fresh. Since I know this was a popular read in some circles it will be interesting to see people's takes.


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Two things I took away from the pilot:

1) Shadow Moon gets the hell beaten out of him. A lot. No wonder he didn't want to take the gig. I hope Mr. Wednesday has a good health insurance plan set up for him.
2) The Vikings were even more cray-cray than I thought.
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Two things I took away from the pilot:

1) Shadow Moon gets the hell beaten out of him. A lot. No wonder he didn't want to take the gig. I hope Mr. Wednesday has a good health insurance plan set up for him.
2) The Vikings were even more cray-cray than I thought.
3. After watching the Bilquis scene, it appears as if Game of Thrones started a trend...
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I was glad to see that Bryan Fuller's work on Hannibal transferred so well to American Gods. The imagery and cinematography were some great eye candy. I really think that they're capturing what I had in mind's eye reading the book so long ago and I'm stoked for this series.
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Wow, what the heck did I just watch? Need some time to process but it sure has an incredible production value, they are definitely not going to hold back. Should be one heck of a ride.

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I did notice that this show has started to embellish quite early, "not that there is anything wrong with that." The limo scene for instance, which I read a couple of days back. He is on a street, he trips, gets up, is then chloroformed. He wakes in a limo bound, is punched a few times while being questioned by a fat kid drinking a diet coke, who then smokes a toad skin cigarette. At some point, Shadow asks to leave, the kid pulls over, he steps out of the car, they cut the ropes and he walks away. End of scene. Not quite the unfolding mask thingy jumping on his face trip, endless pummeling, attempted hanging and subsequent ending blood bath. Just a slight deviation.
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NYT just can't help themselves, not a huge fan of Gaiman either, yet the pilot was interesting but weird.Will tune in for the next episode and see.

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Really enjoy this show, the visual style takes me "back" to Hannibal. While the story slowly unfolding a doing the same thing. Looking forward to see how some of this plays out.
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This show is the dopest looking show on TV south of a Guy Ritchie meets Zack Snyder movie. Some of the scenes had me going WTF is going on but I'm so giddy at a chance to see Ian McShane chew up the scenes on a show.

In for the ride!
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I've got Starz in my Comcast line up, but had never watched it. I didn't know this was an unedited channel until I started watching this show. WOW. There is some pretty crazy stuff going on here. Bizarre to say the least, but intriguing. I don't know the story at all, looking forward to seeing how this all unfolds.....

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I would watch "Two Broke Girls" if Ian McShane played one.
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Oh my goodness, Erica Karr [stage name for Erica Karkuszewska, a Polish actress] (Zorya Polunochnaya, who gave the "moon" to Shadow)...! Alas, IMDB says this was her only appearance. She should have been cast as Bilquis. Major casting mistake by the producers.

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@archiguy while I know why you said it, no just no.
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@archiguy while I know why you said it, no just no.
I agree. There are several articles floating around that discuss the casting of the show and each actor was chosen for very specific reasons with heavy input from Gaiman himself. As I recall, he was very specific about the Bilquis character in fact; casting the Queen of Sheba as a light-skinned European woman simply wouldn't have worked.

She is quite lovely though!
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Fun episode. Had to laugh when Mr Death came for the old woman. I kept thinking of that old Twilight Zone episode with Agnes Moorehead and a very young Robert Redford.
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I agree. There are several articles floating around that discuss the casting of the show and each actor was chosen for very specific reasons with heavy input from Gaiman himself. As I recall, he was very specific about the Bilquis character in fact; casting the Queen of Sheba as a light-skinned European woman simply wouldn't have worked.

She is quite lovely though!
I don't care what ya'll say and how logical your position vis a vis the historical accuracy of the Queen of Sheba. That gal is a goddess and she deserves to play one on TV, particularly if there is nudity required.
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Well, I was on the fence with this show. I was trying to give it a chance even though I know how over the top Fuller's imagery is. But, this just made my decision to dump it all too easy:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/article...sex-scene-ever

Okay, go ahead and rail on me for being a prude. I'm actually nowhere near one. But this type of stuff is not anything I care to see. Gay porn is not my anything I would care to watch.

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Well, I was on the fence with this show. I was trying to give it a chance even though I know how over the top Fuller's imagery is. But, this just made my decision to dump it all too easy:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/article...sex-scene-ever

Okay, go ahead and rail on me for being a prude. I'm actually nowhere near one. But this type of stuff is not anything I care to see. Gay porn is not my anything I would care to watch.
I hear ya Bro,
having recently read the book, where I skipped over a couple of pages as that scene progressed, wondered how far the scene might go after the taxi ride in the series. Had my finger poised on the FF button, just in case, which I ended up pushing a few times until over. Just a fyi, in the book, that was a one and done event.
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