American Gods is the latest novel to get the serialized prestige TV treatment. Between the imaginations of author Neil Gaiman and showrunners Bryan Fuller (Hannibal) & Michael Green (Alien: Covenant), the show is, to put it frankly, batshit crazy. Check out our review of the first four episodes here.
With the premiere this weekend, the cast and filmmakers are making the press rounds. Speaking with Yahoo, the trio said one ambition for the show, beyond getting more seasons of course, was to hopefully get an adaptation of Gaiman’s beloved comic The Sandman, which has been in development hell on the feature side for years with the likes of Joseph Gordon-Levitt and David S. Goyer trying to crack that nut. For their part, Gaiman and Fuller believe TV is the proper home for the supernatural series.
Gaiman: “I’m hoping that the success of American Gods will show Time Warner that maybe something as huge and shapeless and strange as Sandman would be best suited to television.”
Fuller: “Those comics are so filled with so much story, and so much humanity and such visual candy — try to stop us if we have half the opportunity.”
Gordon-Levitt departed as star and producer in March 2016 and Arrival screenwriter Eric Heisserer signed up, but even he, after turning in his script, admitted the property would work best as prestige TV. Whether it happens will likely depend on how American Gods is received, as it spares no quarter when it comes to its source material. If audiences embrace the show, we could finally get that Sandman adaptation.
American Gods debuts this Sunday, April 30, at 9 p.m. on Starz.
2017 Summer Movie Preview: What To Look Out For
What do aliens, robots, superheroes, pirates, genetically-modified apes, and Will Ferrell all have in common? All of them will be visiting theaters this summer, most as perennials of the blockbusters sphere. There’s a cavalcade of riches this summer, with new offerings from both DC and Marvel, new (and in some cases, final) installments in long-running franchises, and a couple newcomers testing the waters for future sequels. Even some non-theatrical films get in on the fun, like Netflix’s War Machine starring Brad Pitt.
Here are over 20 films worth seeing over the next four months. Click Next to start!