Nearly a year after Starz announced plans to adapt Neil Gaiman's acclaimed 2001 fantasy novel "American Gods," co-showrunner Bryan Fuller reveals the series could premiere by late 2016.
"The first two scripts have been written and we have been working with illustrators designing the world," the "Hannibal" creator told Den of Geek, "so we’ve got these fantastic illustrations of Jack’s Crocodile Bar, the Bone Orchard and Zorya’s rooftop with all the telescopes looking up at the bear constellation.
"There are also some new things that are going to be unique to the series and weren’t in the book," he continued. "We are going to do a visual presentation to Starz, who are very happy with the two scripts that they received, and then we go from there."
Previously in development for HBO, "American Gods" is built on the premise that deities and figures of myth and folklore exist only because people believe in them. It follows an ex-convict named Shadow who, upon early release from prison after his wife is killed in a car crash, is hired to be the bodyguard of a mysterious con man named Wednesday. However, it’s soon revealed that Wednesday is an incarnation of All-Father Odin, who’s traveling America recruiting his fellow forgotten deities to wage an epic battle against the new American gods — manifestations of modern life and technology, like Internet, media and credit cards.
Fuller revealed that Bilquis, queen of Sheba, will be a major character in the series, alongside the likes of Shadow Moon, Laura Moon, Wednesday, Mad Sweeney and The Technical Boy, and reiterated his dedication to an ethnically diverse cast.
"One of the things I’m most excited about for 'American Gods' is the diversity in the cast because there’s such a wide range of ethnic gods in the world," he said. "Right now, we’re imagining two white roles and everybody else is non-white, so my goal, Michael’s [Green, co-showrunner] goal, certainly Neil’s goal has been to have a very ethnically diverse cast. That’s important to all of us."
However, even after Starz gives "American Gods" a greenlight, it may be a while before we learn who's been cast in those roles, as Fuller said Gaiman is pushing to keep the details under wraps until a big reveal can be made: "That’s his plan. He’s saying 'I don’t want to make any casting announcements, I want to announce the cast in full when they walk out on stage at a Comic-Con.'"