American Gods is one of the most anticipated shows of 2017, combining the genius of Neil Gaiman’s magical novel with the visionary style of show runner extraordinaire Bryan Fuller, and the San Diego Comic-Con panel on Friday evening did not disappoint. The panel opened with a standing ovation for Gaiman, who quipped “If only all writers were treated like that.”
Gaiman also shared his past Comic-Con experience, and how the arrival of an American Gods television show brought it all full circle.
“In 1999, I came by train, and on the train to San Diego, which was a three-day train journey from Chicago, I wrote the first chapter of American Gods. So it all sort of started for me on the way to San Diego, and it’s so glorious that round two of American Gods the television version is happening here today.”
On top of that general goodwill, attendees were also treated to the first trailer for the Starz show, and it did not disappoint, with the focus on the uneasy partnership between Ricky Whittle’s Shadow Moon and Ian McShane’s Mr. Wednesday, with glimpses of Mad Sweeney (Pablo Schreiber), Bisques (Yetide Badaki), Technical Boy (Bruce Langley), Zorya Verchernyaya (Cloris Leachman), Mr. World (Crispin Glover), and Czernobog (Peter Stormare) and his hammer. The moody magical realism of this first look perfectly matches the strange tone of the novel, so fans are surely in for a treat.
Additionally, it was announced that Fuller alum Kristin Chenoweth (Pushing Daisies) was joining the cast as the goddess Easter. Fuller and Gaiman also assured fans that the project was in good hands, both for book readers and Gods newbies.
“We’ll take care of you,” co-showrunner Bryan Fuller promised. “However you come to this, you’re in good hands…It becomes fan fiction in a wonderful way. Yes, we’re dedicated to the source material but we’re also tasked with bringing it to television.”
“As a general rule, if you love it in the book, it is probably going to turn up on your screen,” Gaiman promised.
While no official release date has been announced, American Gods will be hitting screens in 2017.
(Via The Hollywood Reporter)