A lavish eight-episode adaptation of Neil Gaiman‘s epic 2001 fantasy novel “American Gods” is coming to Starz on April 30. Gaiman is a god himself among sci-fi and fantasy fans. He has scripted classic episodes of “Babylon 5,” “Beowulf” and “Doctor Who.” Among his books is “Coraline” (2002), which was adapted into an Oscar nominated animated film in 2009.
Gaiman wrote “American Gods” the year before “Coraline” and he entrusted one of his favorite books to two TV talents whose credits include several of the most talked-about shows of the last decade: Bryan Fuller (“Pushing Daisies” and “Hannibal”) and Michael Green (“Heroes.”) Besides being the showrunners, they scripted the first episode which introduces the story of Shadow (Ricky Whittle), an ex-con who gets caught between the gods of old mythology and the new gods of modern media and technology. One of those old gods, Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane), enlists Shadow as a bodyguard during his mission.