Fans of Neil Gaiman are in for a treat this week. Following last week’s announcement that a sequel to Neverwhere was being written, the premiere date for the television adaptation of American Gods has been revealed!
For those unfamiliar with Gaiman’s book, American Gods is a fantasy novel that relies heavily on mythology. Gods and mythological creatures exist because people believe in them. As the beliefs of society change, so too, do the Gods, causing power shifts between Old and New. Full of secrets and mystery, American Gods provides a look at how society is changing:
A storm is coming…
Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the magic day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life.
But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow’s best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday. A trickster and rogue, Wednesday seems to know more about Shadow than Shadow does himself.
Life as Wednesday’s bodyguard, driver, and errand boy is far more interesting and dangerous than Shadow ever imagined—it is a job that takes him on a dark and strange road trip and introduces him to a host of eccentric characters whose fates are mysteriously intertwined with his own. Along the way Shadow will learn that the past never dies; that everyone, including his beloved Laura, harbors secrets; and that dreams, totems, legends, and myths are more real than we know. Ultimately, he will discover that beneath the placid surface of everyday life a storm is brewing—an epic war for the very soul of America—and that he is standing squarely in its path. – Goodreads
Exclusive photos from American Gods
Produced by FremantleMedia and set to air on Starz, American Gods is set to premiere on April 30, according to the American Gods twitter page for the series:
— American Gods (@AmericanGodsSTZ) February 23, 2017
Furthermore, Starz’s American Gods web page includes a ton of new images and first looks at the new series. Featuring cast photos and character profiles, interviews and more, Starz offers a great look at what’s to come in the upcoming series.
As if that wasn’t enough, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Gaiman has announced a new first-look deal with FremantleMedia to develop more of his works for television! Under the new deal, Gaiman will be able to adapt any of his projects, including novels and short stories, as well as original ideas:
Working with my friends at FremantleMedia on shepherding American Gods to the screen has been exciting and a delightful way to spend the last three years. I’ve learned to trust them, and to harness their talents and enthusiasm, as they’ve learned to harness mine. They don’t mind that I love creating a ridiculously wide variety of things, and I am glad that even the strangest projects of mine will have a home with them. American Gods is TV nobody has seen before and I can’t wait to announce the specifics behind what we have coming up next. – Gaiman
The recent news concerning Gaiman has been exciting, to say the least. While I wait for April to get here, I will definitely be re-reading American Gods in anticipation for the new television adaptation.