American Gods TV Series: Neil Gaiman Expected To Write Some of It, Anansi Boys Concepts Are Fair Game 4

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Characters and concepts from Neil Gaiman's Anansi Boys could come into play in showrunner Bryan Fuller's Starz series based on Gaiman's American Gods, Fuller revealed during an interview that ran today.

The series will likely start shooting in late 2015 with an eye toward being on TV in 2016. Fuller is also currently serving as a writer and producer on NBC's Hannibal.

“It’s basically the following the events of the books but expanding those events, and expanding the point of view to go above and beyond [main characters] Shadow and Wednesday," Fuller told Crave Online of American Gods. "In that way, as with Game of Thrones, there are dozens of characters that you’re tracking through the events and that’s probably the biggest similarities between the worlds, in that there’s a wide variety of characters at play.”

He also revealed that Gaiman is involved in the development of the series on a close level and, when asked whether the best-selling novelist and comic book writer would pen an episode or two, he said "He'd g--damn well better."

He also confirmed that the rights package to pick up the film also included characters and concepts from Anansi Boys, which is set in the same universe as American Gods.

 “Since Anansi Boys are in the world of American Gods – that we would be allowed to use those as well,” Fuller said simply.

The project has been in development for years -- sometimes as a movie, sometimes at HBO, where it presumably started to draw the comparisons to their flagship series Game of Thrones as describe above.

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  1. Stevie

    This is a great book... but you know they are going to do the same thing premium cable does with all its shows. Slather on the graphic sex at the expense of story. Make it more like Breaking Bad less like True Blood/Detective. I'm an adult if I want to see pointless nudity I have this new thing called the Internet. I hear they show boobies on there for free. 

     GoT has hustled quickly through the books making sure to never leave out or fail to add a pointless T&A scene. This stopped being edgey around 1998. 

  2. Stevie said ... (original post)

    This is a great book... but you know they are going to do the same thing premium cable does with all its shows. Slather on the graphic sex at the expense of story. Make it more like Breaking Bad less like True Blood/Detective. I'm an adult if I want to see pointless nudity I have this new thing called the Internet. I hear they show boobies on there for free. 

     GoT has hustled quickly through the books making sure to never leave out or fail to add a pointless T&A scene. This stopped being edgey around 1998. 

    GOT isn't all about the nudity. So I don't know why you even said that. Seems to me that you have a personal problem with it. And by the way, from the way you talking, I doubt you use the internet for T&A like you said. You seem too scared. 

  3. GrimJack

    You've never seen a Bryan Fuller production in your life, have you?

  4. RussBurlingame

    To be fair, GrimJack, if your only experience with Fuller is Hannibal you could perceivably not realize who you're dealing with. It's a good show but it doesn't show off his full range of abilities well.