That sound you just heard was Neil Gaiman and Bryan Fuller fans losing their minds in joy.
While HBO may have passed, Starz has decided it’s going to give Neil Gaiman’s American Gods a chance with a script to series commitment. Meaning that they’ll commission a script and a make a decision once they see it.
Writer/producers Bryan Fuller and Michael Green will be showrunners and are set to exec produce along with Gaiman. So, while this isn’t a 100% “yes” to a series, it’s definitely in good hands.
Neil Gaiman had this to say:
“When you create something like American Gods, which attracts fans and obsessives and people who tattoo quotes from it on themselves or each other, and who all, tattooed or not, just care about it deeply, it’s really important to pick your team carefully: you don’t want to let the fans down, or the people who care and have been casting it online since the dawn of recorded history,” Gaiman said. “What I love most about the team who I trust to take it out to the world, is that they are the same kind of fanatics that American Gods has attracted since the start. I haven’t actually checked Bryan Fuller or Michael Green for quote tattoos, but I would not be surprised if they have them. The people at Fremantle are the kinds of people who have copies of American Gods in the bottom of their backpacks after going around the world, and who press them on their friends. And the team at Starz have been quite certain that they wanted to give Shadow, Wednesday and Laura a home since they first heard that the book was out there. I can’t wait to see what they do to bring the story to the widest possible audience able to cope with it.”
Bryan Fuller and Neil Gaiman? This has YES written alllll over it.