Things are getting stranger and stranger for Shadow Moon in the latest preview for the upcoming Starz show “American Gods.” The new previews hints at the trials and tribulations set before Shadow, the series’ protagonist, after he is recruited by a mysterious man intent on mounting an offensive against a new breed of American deities. The video includes interviews with Bryan Fuller, who developed the series for television alongside Michael Green, and Neil Gaiman, who wrote the book on which the series is based.
Gaiman’s “American Gods” follows Shadow and the mysterious Mr. Wednesday on a road trip across America as the latter attempts to recruit a band of old gods to face America’s new gods. The old gods include the likes of Odin, Loki, Jesus and the Queen of Sheba. The new gods are more modern and conceptual, and are embodied by Bruce Langley’s Technical Boy and Gillian Anderson’s Media. A cold war has been brewing between the two factions, as both are vying for the same supernatural currency: worship. Without worship from human devotees, the old gods will die out and the new gods with reign.
Shadow meets Mr. Wednesday mere hours after being released from prison, where he served a three-year sentence. Shadow is released early, though, after his wife is killed in an accident. Lost and broken, Shadow takes a job as a bodyguard for Mr. Wednesday, who is himself an accomplished con artist.
Gaiman’s novel was published in 2001 by William Morrow and Headline. The novel won the Locus Award for Best Fantasy in 2002. The television adaptation of the novel has been in the works since 2011, when Gaiman claimed at the Edinburgh International Book Festival that HBO would likely bring the story to television. By 2014, HBO admitted that, despite numerous attempts, the network just couldn’t produce the right script for the tale. Fuller and Green were brought on to assist in the adaptation efforts in the same year, and in 2015 Starz announced the series had been greenlit. The show’s first season will consist of eight episodes that will cover the first third of the novel.
Debuting in the Starz network on April 30, “American Gods” is a production of Living Dead Guy Productions, was developed for television by Bryan Fuller and Michael Green and stars Ricky Whittle as Shadow Moon, Emily Browning as Laura Moon, Crispin Glover as Mr. World, Bruce Langley as Technical Boy, Yetide Badaki as Bilquis, Pablo Schreiber as Mad Sweeney and Ian McShane as Mr. Wednesday.