'Hannibal's' David Slade to Helm 'American Gods' Pilot

"Hannibal" director David Slade will reteam with Bryan Fuller for "American Gods," the Starz adaptation of Neil Gaiman's bestselling fantasy novel.

According to Deadline, Slade ("The Twilight Saga: Eclipse") will helm the pilot and serve as an executive producer on the series. Fuller and Michael Green ("The River," "Heroes") are co-showrunners, while Gaiman will executive produce and

Starz greenlit the series in June after it was previously in development at 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 Moon 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.

The start of production is contingent on the casting of Shadow, but "American Gods" is expected to premiere in 2017.

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