Oh. My. Gods.
The highly-anticipated series American Gods premieres in April on Starz. Based on the acclaimed fantasy novel by Neil Gaiman (Stardust, Neverwhere, Coraline), it tells the story of Shadow Moon, and ex-convict who takes up employment with the mysterious Mr. Wednesday, an incarnation of the old Norse god Odin. It’s a story of America and the tapestry of cultures, values, and beliefs that make it what it is.
In this story, the gods walk the earth. The gods of the old world, brought over in the faith and stories of immigrants and the gods of the new world, born out of society’s dependence on commerce, media and technology. And they are at war with each other.
The gods can only exist through belief, after all. So, I guess it all depends on who can get our attention.
Bryan Fuller (Hannibal, Pushing Daisies) and Michael Green (Kings, Heroes) are at the helm of this project, with Neil Gaiman heavily involved in the writing. There is a star-studded cast and a darkly surreal look and feel.
Be sure to check out the American Gods Instagram page and get to know some of the gods.
The showrunners have stated in panels that the first season will only cover about a third of the book. I would also expect that the universe may be expanded a little to include nods to Gaiman’s other works, including Anansi Boys and Norse Mythology.
More. Soon. xo
P.s. – my good friends at Shat on TV will be providing the same humorous and insightful episode-wise commentary for American Gods as they have previously for Westworld and Taboo.
In case your Podcast fix can’t wait until the show starts, the folks at American Gods Podcast have been talking through the book and also provide Starz promotion updates for the show.