David Slade and Bryan Fuller are going to continue making beautiful television with “American Gods.”
The duo previously worked together on “Hannibal,” on which Fuller served as showrunner and Slade was executive producer and sometimes-director. Deadline reports they’ll continue in those roles for “American Gods,” which is currently in pre-production at Starz.
Slade will reportedly direct the series’ pilot, as well as several other episodes throughout the 10-episode Season 1. He’ll also serve as executive producer, with Fuller and Michael Green as showrunners.
“American Gods” is an adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s novel of the same name. Gaiman is serving as executive producer on the project, and is writing several Season 1 scripts.
Starz’s official synopsis for the TV show teases there’s “a war brewing between old and new gods: The traditional gods of biblical and mythological roots from around the world steadily losing believers to an upstart pantheon of gods reflecting society’s modern love of money, technology, media, celebrity and drugs. Its protagonist, Shadow Moon, is an ex-con who becomes bodyguard and traveling partner to Mr. Wednesday, a conman but in reality one of the older gods, on a cross-country mission to gather his forces in preparation to battle the new deities.”
“The arc of the first season, we take a slow burn on it and really take advantage of the real estate of 10 episodes to dig deep with the characters and really make it a character tale of someone finding their faith,” Fuller previously told Zap2it. “Shadow’s journey is one of a non-believer becoming a believer — becoming something to believe in. We really want to make sure that we tell that story effectively.”
“American Gods” is slated to begin filming in early 2016, and is expected to premiere on Starz in 2017. “Hannibal,” meanwhile, recently wrapped up its third and final season at NBC, and it doesn’t seem likely another outlet will revive the series.