For me, the two best Neil Gaiman books are Neverwhere and American Gods. While I’ll probably not get anything better than the BBC rendition of Neverwhere, I am really excited to see what Starz is planning for American Gods.
A new trailer hit today and it left a bloody boot print in its wake. Seriously. They are not skimping on the blood and violence here. It looks like they definitely see American Gods as the New Game of Thrones. Amping up my excitement even more for the series is that it’s being headed by Bryan Fuller (Wonderfalls, Six Feet Under, Hannibal), who was going to be double duty on this show and CBS’s new Star Trek series, but now will have the chance to focus all of his energy on bringing Gaiman’s characters to life.
In the broadest of terms, American Gods is equal part road movie and ultimate showdown between the Gods of old and the new Gods that have been born out of human nature and technological advances.
The show stars Ricky Whittle, the bodyguard and traveling partner of conman/Old God Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane) and also features a stellar cast, including: Michael Green serve as showrunners, and the series also stars Emily Browning, Pablo Schreiber, Yetide Badaki, Bruce Langley, Crispin Glover, Orlando Jones, Gillian Anderson, Kristen Chenoweth, Jonathan Tucker, Cloris Leachman, Peter Stormare, Chris Obi, Demore Barnes, Corbin Bernsen, and Mousa Kraish.
American Gods Is set to hit Starz on Sunday, April 30th.
When Shadow Moon is released from prison, he meets the mysterious Mr. Wednesday and a storm begins to brew. Little does Shadow know, this storm will change the course of his entire life. Left adrift by the recent, tragic death of his wife, and suddenly hired as Mr. Wednesday’s bodyguard, Shadow finds himself in the center of a world that he struggles to understand. It’s a world where magic is real, where the Old Gods fear both irrelevance and the growing power of the New Gods, like Technology and Media. Mr. Wednesday seeks to build a coalition of Old Gods to defend their existence in this new America, and reclaim some of the influence that they’ve lost. As Shadow travels across the country with Mr. Wednesday, he struggles to accept this new reality, and his place in it.