Starz will adapt Neil Gaiman’s bestselling fantasy novel American Gods for television with Heroes producer Michael Green and Hannibal showrunner Bryan Fuller tapped to write and showrun.
The show, produced by Fremantle Media, focuses on the story of ex-con Shadow as he delves into a war between mythical gods and technological beings of the new age.
“Neil Gaiman has created the holiest of holy toy boxes with American Gods and filled it with all manner of magical thing, born of new gods and old,” Fuller said in a statement.
The book has a wide following, having been translated into more than 30 languages and author Neil Gaiman becoming one of the most recognized writers of recent years. His other works include Coraline and Stardust, which have been adapted for feature films. His cult-hit comic Sandman is supposedly in development at Warner Bros. under the DC Comics flag.
According to Deadline.com, Starz will retain pay and VOD rights. Fremantle will distribute worldwide.