Adapted from Neil Gaiman’s bestselling novel, the sprawling fantasy epic American Gods is one of the most hotly awaited TV events of the year. And, if the early reviews are anything to go by, we’re in for a treat when it arrives in the US on Starz on April 30, and one day later in the UK on Amazon Prime.
American Gods is produced by Heroes writer Michael Green and Hannibal showrunner Bryan Fuller, who is also currently working on a new series of Star Trek for Netflix. It is set in an alternate version of the USA, where all the world’s deities, including the gods of ancient Egyptian and Norse mythology, live in hiding among everyday people.It stars Ricky Whittle (Hollyoaks) as Shadow Moon, an ex-convict who finds himself working for the enigmatic Mr Wednesday (Deadwood’s Ian McShane).
After the premiere, the cast and crew answered questions about the show. “I’ve never seen any of the show before and I thought it was f—ing amazing!” McShane said. “I was riveted and I’ve never seen anything like it.”
Meanwhile, Fuller said that he and Michael Green love Gaiman’s novel. “Our first task of adapting is to make the show that we wanted to see as an audience member, and we’re both big fans of the book so it just felt like we needed to put on screen what was in our heads as we read it,” he told the panel.
American Gods is the latest in a series of screen adaptations of Gaiman’s work, following the 2007 film Stardust (with Robert DeNiro) and Sky Arts’s acclaimed series Neil Gaiman’s Likely Stories, broadcast earlier last year. Gaiman is also currently working on a TV adaptation of his 1990 novel Good Omens, which was co-written with Terry Pratchett.