The first ten episodes are supposed to kick off sometime in April on the Starz Network. Starz is an American premium cable and satellite television network which serves as Starz’s flagship service. It’s no HBO but Starz does have some decent shows including Black Sails, The Girlfriend Experience, and Power.
Very minor spoilers to follow.
American Gods is one of my favorite books of all time, and after re-reading it over the holidays in anticipation of the new show I hope it’s a hit. Season creator Bryan Fuller has said he imagines the show as a six season series, with the first season pulling from the first third of the book. For those familiar with the novel know that it’s split up into four different parts.
Much of the trailer below looks like it’s from the first couple of episodes.
I like that Bryan Fuller is bringing back actors from both Hannibal and Pushing Daisies for this new project. It also sounds like Neil Gaiman had his hands all over the TV adaptation. It was reported that he was here in Toronto during filming. I’m weary of how far they can really stretch the budget to accommodate the grand scale of the novel and I’m not sure the trailer puts my worries at ease, but I’m holding my breath. I want this show to rival Westworld.
The show will also be introducing us to new characters such as Jesus (played by physicist Daniel Faraday on Lost) and Vulcan and will be showing us backstories for characters such as Mad Sweeney, Bilquis (and yes the Vagina eating scene is still in the show) and Laura. The cast of supporting actors and actresses is also quite impressive. It really feels like Starz is going all out on this one. Could this be the new CW DC Universe but instead of superheroes we get Gods? Stars such as Crispin Glover, Gillian Anderson (bae), Pablo Schreiber, Ian McShane, Jonathan Tucker, Emily Browning, Cloris Leachman, Peter Stormare, Dane Cook (hate him or love him) Mousa Kraish and so many more talented people are joining the great American road trip adventure.
Bryan Fuller and Michael Green seem to be putting in everything they got. As you might remember, Bryan Fuller just left the Star Trek show and seems to be fully invested in American Gods.
My biggest question is though is why is Wednesday portrayed without his glass eye?
I’m also so glad Nicolas Cage turned down a role in the series. Ian McShane is a much better person to portray Mr. Wednesday. This is also the first time I’m hearing Nicolas Cage turn down anything.
I’m sure my questions will be answered come April. Until then I think I’ll go ahead and read another Neil Gaiman classic, Neverwhere or dive into the American Gods comic series coming March 15, 2017.