“Hannibal” and “Pushing Daisies” producer Bryan Fuller is moving forward with the TV adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s novel “American Gods”. In a new and lengthy interview with Den of Geek, Fuller says he and screenwriter Michael Green have no plans to whitewash the lead character of Shadow as some feared might happen:
“In our conversations about who our ideals are for specific roles, Shadow is described as… is he a gypsy? Is he Hispanic? Is he black? Or is he all of those things in one? So we know that he is not white! I think if we cast a white man to play Shadow we would be the biggest a–holes on television.”
The plan is to not just translate but potentially expand upon the world which Gaiman created:
“You have to ground it in the emotional reality of what Shadow, or Wednesday, or Laura is experiencing in that moment. One of the exciting things for us in adapting this is that we get to expand characters, so Bilquis, who is only in a chapter of the book, then you don’t see her again, is a major player in this world. Laura, who is kind of lurking in the background, she’s a major player in this world.”
Because of this, the series will jump around with episodes being shot from the points of view of different characters.
Fuller also plans to adapt the key moment where Biliquis devours a male caller with her vagina and promises to shoot it as scripted in the book:
“One of the most amazing sequences for me when I was reading it was the Goddess Bilquis eating a man with her vagina! I think it’s beautifully written in the novel.
What I love about how Neil’s laid out that sequence is that you’re in the gentleman caller’s point of view for his climax and the reeling of that. I mean, what is it like to cinematically deliver an orgasm to an audience that… more than likely, is not experiencing an orgasm at that moment, although you never know!
Being in his point of view in the novel, he comes out of his orgasmic revelry and then he realises that he’s kind of hanging upside down, chest-deep from her. We plan to deliver that moment as it is written, because I believe that we can, and that’s very exciting for us because we were breaking that story and thinking, we are just going to lift that right out of the book and drop it right into the show.
That came up in the Starz meeting, they were like, ‘how are you going to do that moment?’ and we said, ‘we’re going to do it exactly as written’.