Last month came word that Bryan Fuller, Michael Green and Neil Gaiman are all set to executive produce a TV series adaptation of Gaiman’s 2001 novel “American Gods” which will likely go into production sometime next year.
The story is set in a world where the old gods from biblical and mythological roots are losing believers to a new pantheon of gods which reflect the things modern society worships – technology, money, celebrity and drugs. The main protagonist is an ex-con named Shadow Moon who becomes bodyguard and traveling companion to Mr. Wednesday, a conman who is actually of the older gods.
Speaking with Crave Online this week, Fuller says the plan is to expand the scope of the story beyond just the point of view of the two leads:
“It’s basically the following the events of the books, but expanding those events, and expanding the point of view to go above and beyond Shadow and Wednesday. In that way, as with ‘Game of Thrones,’ there are dozens of characters that you’re tracking through the events and that’s probably the biggest similarities between the worlds, in that there’s a wide variety of characters at play.”
Fuller adds that the series may also include elements of Gaiman’s 2005 semi-sequel novel “Anansi Boys” and joked that Gaiman “god damn well better” write some of the series’ episodes.