Neil Gaiman’s 2001 novel American Gods has been in TV development for a while, shifting to different venues, most notably HBO. Now the project has moved to Starz who picked up the show with a script to series commitment. The production is led by FMNA (Freemantle Media North America), who is most known for reality shows like American Idol and The X Factor. The big news though, is the involvement of Bryan Fuller (Hannibal, Pushing Daisies) and Micheal Green (Smallville, Heroes).
American Gods tells the story of a brewing war between ancient gods who are losing power as new gods have surfaced which cater to the modern ideals of society.
Starz will leverage the new series as they become a more competent provider of original content in order to compete with HBO and Showtime. One might assume that American Gods may be their answer to Game of Thrones.
Bryan Fuller is currently working on his NBC series Hannibal, which enters its 3rd (of a planned 6) season next year.