Starz’s cunning adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s novel American Gods may be the most ambitious and successful series the premium cabler has launched since it hit the reset button a few years back.
The eight-episode series executive produced by Bryan Fuller and Michael Green that debuts April 30 is do-not-miss television lived large on the big-picture topics and themes of our time as old-world deities and new-world manifestations spar and war across the American cultural tundra. Updated to 2017 from the 2001 publication of Gaiman’s cinematic yet seemingly unfilmable book, this Gods soars where the likes of David Cronenberg’s 1991 Naked Lunch adaptation sank, unveiling a challenging and exceptional result.
In fact, led by Ian McShane and a career-redefining performance from Ricky Whittle, American Gods may also be the best thing Fuller or Green have ever done – and those guys were behind NBC’s Hannibal and the R-rated blockbuster Logan, respectively. …
A dapper, smooth-talking gentleman in a plaid suit named Mr. Nancy (Orlando Jones) is America’s Anansi. Opposite them are the “new” gods, the forces that have gained power because of how humans worship today: Media (Gillian Anderson), who keeps you staring at your screen with rapt attention, and Technical Boy (Bruce Langley), a thrill-seeking teenager who is irritatingly obsessed with the cutting edge.
As some of you may know, American Gods is premiering on Starz on April 30th. It is supposed to have 3 seasons, but if people don’t watch it I’m afraid it will be cancelled.
So, here are a few reasons why you should all watch this show:
- It’s the adaptation of the novel of the same name written by Neil Gaiman. He is mostly known for being the author of: the comic book Sandman; the novels Coraline and Stardust; the movie adaptation of the anime Princess Mononoke. He also wrote two episodes of Doctor Who: “The Doctor’s Wife” and “Nightmare in Silver”. Gaiman is also one of the executive producers of the show American Gods.
- Another executive producer and the developer of the series is Bryan Fuller. You may know him for being the executive producer and writer of the tv show Hannibal. That’s right.
- Moving on, let’s take a look of some of the main characters of the show:
This is just a taste. The book had characters coming from all over the world, representing a lot of different religions. Many of these characters were very secondary in the novel (or it would have become Lord of the Rings…), but they will have much more space in the tv show.
Also, there are at least 3 LGTB+ characters from the book that have been confirmed to have a more or less big role in the show. But since Bryan Fuller is involved, it’s highly probable that there will be more.
- I don’t want to say too much about the plot, but American Gods it’s a beautiful story, deep and full of twists, and the morals are not as easy to figure out as it will seem at first.
I am really excited about this, we should all give it a chance, I’m sure it will be amazing.