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.

Starz boss Chris Albrecht gave word at the ongoing TCA press tour, saying that American Gods would go into production in Toronto at some point this year, an area executive producer Bryan Fuller has experience with, after Hannibal. Still no word on casting Shadow Moon just yet, though announcements will likely arrive in the near future before production.

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 Fuller and Heroes alum Michael Green will write and and showrun the series, with Gaiman acting as EP (and writing a few episodes), produced by FremantleMedia North America. As with Hannibal, David Slade will also direct episodes (including the pilot), as well as produce.

We’ll keep on the ground for more American Gods announcements, but who might they have in mind for Shadow Moon?

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