Bryan Fuller recently chatted about where things stand on American Gods, the TV adaptation of the Neil Gaiman novel of the same name that we recently found out was moving to Starz with Fuller and Michael Green acting as showrunners.
Fuller talked about when we might see it arrive on TV, how faithful to the book the show will be, and how involved Gaiman will be in the production. You can see what he had to say below.
Speaking to Crave Online, Fuller shared what the timeline might be for seeing American Gods on TV:
“Right now we are breaking the third episode, and then if it does go, it would start filming sometime mid-to-late 2015 and probably wouldn’t be on anybody’s television until 2016. But that’s cruising along very nicely.”
When asked about if the show would be a closely faithful adaptation, similarly to HBO’s Game of Thrones (which has many more books to work with), Fuller said:
“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.”
If you’re wondering whether Anansi Boys will also be used in making American Gods into a series, he said:
“I believe that we have permission to use – since Anansi Boys are in the world of American Gods – that we would be allowed to use those as well.”
As for how involved in the show Gaiman will be, Fuller said:
“Neil’s executive producing and he’s very involved. He’s given birth to the baby, raised to the baby, and now Michael Green and I are marrying the baby. […] So the relationship is similar in that way, where he is absolutely integral to the process and also very excited just to see it coming together in the fashion that it is.”
And when asked if Gaiman would write any of the episodes himself, Fuller jokingly said:
“He’d better. He’d god damn well better.”
This info came from a larger interview with Fuller, in which he also talks about his current popular NBC series, Hannibal. You’ll be able to check that out over at Crave soon.