Neil Gaiman’s ‘American Gods’ officially greenlit by Starz

American Gods.

You’ve been given the opportunity, Starz. Now don’t fuck this up.

Comics Alliance:

It’s been almost a year since we’ve heard anything from the front of Starz’s take on Neil Gaiman novel American Gods, but like the deities themselves, a formal greenlight simply lay in wait. Now, Starz has confirmed that American Gods will officially move forward, as Gaiman and writer Bryan Fuller move onto casting Shadow Moon.

For those unfamiliar with Sandman creator Gaiman’s novel, American Gods follows ex-convict Shadow Moon, who partners up with mysterious con-man Mr. Wednesday (secretly a god himself), becoming embroiled in a battle between classic mythological gods who have fallen out of style, and the “new” American gods based on greed, technology and celebrity. A few years ago, HBO had in mind to develop the drama with Tom Hanks’ Playtone, though the project eventually fell through.

Hannibal creator Bryan Fuller and Heroes alum Michael Green will write and and showrun the series, with Gaiman acting as EP, produced by FremantleMedia North America. Production will begin upon the casting of “Shadow Moon,” to which Starz has surprisingly encouraged fans to tweet suggestions to @AmericanGodsSTZ and @STARZ_Channel with the hashtag “#CastingShadow.”