At long last, Starz and Bryan Fuller’s American Gods adaptation finally pulled back the curtain on Shadow Moon last week, ahead of much more casting to come. Adapting Neil Gaiman’s work can be tricky, but now Fuller reveals at least one novel character to play a huge role in Starz’s coming series.
Having already been in development for years, Starz’s upcoming adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods had its most challenging task in casting the lead role of Shadow Moon. Now, Bryan Fuller’s take has finally found its lead, bringing in The 100 breakout Ricky Whittle for the iconic role.
It’s been some time since we’ve heard from the front of Hannibal creator Bryan Fuller’s Starz adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods, last said to be dependent on casting its lead “Shadow Moon.” Whatever progress has been made at least, Starz confirms that production will begin this year, in Canada.
Back in 2008 (seven years ago, if you can believe it), Neil Gaiman expressed interest in developing a Doctor Strange movie with Guillermo del Toro. As far as we knew, that idea never really materialized, Marvel was never made aware of it, and it was eventually forgotten. But according to Gaiman, perhaps that isn’t entirely true — perhaps Marvel passed on their idea.
Early trailers and buzz for Black Mass indicated that the gangster drama would mark a much-needed return to form for Johnny Depp; unfortunately, as some rightfully assumed, that wasn’t quite so. But if anyone can get the best out of Depp, it might be Edgar Wright, who is teaming up with the actor for Fortunately, the Milk, an adaptation of a children’s book by Neil Gaiman.
We’ll never stop mourning the absence of future Hannibal (at least until that mini-series finally gets greenlit), but some good finally seems to have come of its end. Frequent Hannibal director David Slade will join creator Bryan Fuller on Neil Gaiman Starz adaptation American Gods, both as director and producer.
Starz’s American Gods adaptation has proven equal parts exciting for finally escaping development hell, and troubling by Bryan Fuller’s diminished focus on Hannibal. The balance may have shifted back to excitement however, as Fuller reveals that American Gods author Neil Gaiman himself will pen a few episodes.
It’s been near of 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.
Warner Bros. has been trying to adapt Neil Gaiman’s classic ‘Sandman’ graphic novels into a film for years with little success, but now that Joseph Gordon-Levitt is set to direct and David S. Goyer is involved, the project is picking up steam. Gaiman himself has been working closely with Gordon-Levitt, Goyer, and writer Jack Thorne on finally bringing ‘Sandman’ to the big screen, and he thinks Tom Hiddleston would be the perfect leading man.
A few weeks ago we learned the unfortunate reasoning behind HBO's decision to pass on the long-gestating adaptation of Neil Gaiman's 'American Gods,' somewhat dashing hope the series might ever get made. Now, the 'American Gods' have found new life under development from Starz, with 'Hannibal' creator Bryan Fuller and 'Heroes'' Michael Green at the helm.