This isn't going to turn me into Starz subscriber—my TimeWarner bill is already through the roof, thank you very much—but the news that the cable network is moving forward with their plans to adapt Neil Gaiman’s 2001 “American Gods” as a television series will likely pull in a hefty hunk of new subscribers. Gaiman has a gazillion fans and the book, the winner of fantasy fiction awards Hugo and Nebula has been translated into 30 languages.
If I were in their number (I am a fan of Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane), and already a Starz subscriber, I'd be thrilled the book was being made into a series vs a two hour movie. It's so delicious to be able to wade into the deep details.
For those three of us who haven't read Gaiman's prize winning saga about a war between traditional gods from mythology and contemporary, materialistic deities, here's the skinny from Barnes and Noble—
Shadow is a man with a past. But now he wants nothing more than to live a quiet life with his wife and stay out of trouble. Until he learns that she's been killed in a terrible accident.From @Neilhimself
Flying home for the funeral, as a violent storm rocks the plane, a strange man in the seat next to him introduces himself. The man calls himself Mr. Wednesday, and he knows more about Shadow than is possible.
He warns Shadow that a far bigger storm is coming. And from that moment on, nothing will ever he the same...
“I am thrilled, scared, delighted, nervous and a ball of glorious anticipation. The team that is going to bring the world of ‘American Gods’ to the screen has been assembled like the master criminals in a caper movie: I’m relieved and confident that my baby is in good hands. Now we finally move to the exciting business that fans have been doing for the last dozen years: casting our Shadow, our Wednesday, our Laura."According to Deadline, Starz said series production will get going once the producers land their leading man for the role of Shadow Moon. Shadow Moon is an ex-con and bodyguard for Mr. Wednesday, an older god in the guise of a conman.
Natch, the nice people at Starz are not gonna just cast these roles quietly. They're inviting fans to weigh in on who should get the main gig using the twitter handle #CastingShadow.
Speaking of materialistic deities ... “We hope to create a series that honors the book and does right by the fans, who have been casting it in their minds for years,” Starz CEO Chris Albrecht said.
Because they care about you.
So weigh in on twitter and tell me here too. Who is your Shadow?
Your Laura? Your Mr. Wednesday?