Starz will develop Neil Gaiman's 'American Gods' with Bryan Fuller after HBO passes

neil-gaiman-bryan-fuller-american-gods.jpgA TV adaptation of Neil Gaiman's novel "American Gods" has new life thanks to Starz -- and it's hired a couple of big-name writers to bring it to the screen.

The book, about a pending battle between the mythological Old Gods and new gods created by Americans' love of money, media and technology, had been in development at HBO. The cable channel ulitmately passed, citing problems with getting the script right. Production company FremantleMedia then picked up the rights to the novel and struck a deal with Starz to develop it as a series.

Bryan Fuller ("Hannibal," "Pushing Daisies") and Michael Green ("The River," "Kings") will write a pilot script and executive produce the show with Gaiman. Fuller and Green will also serve as showrunners if "American Gods" goes to series. The two previously worked together on "Heroes."

"When you create something like 'American Gods,' which attracts fans and obsessives and people who tattoo quotes from it on themselves or each other, and who all, tattooed or not, just care about it deeply, it's really important to pick your team carefully," Gaiman says in a statement. "You don't want to let the fans down, or the people who care and have been casting it online since the dawn of recorded history. What I love most about the team who I trust to take it out to the world, is that they are the same kind of fanatics that 'American Gods' has attracted since the start. I haven't actually checked Bryan Fuller or Michael Green for quote tattoos, but I would not be surprised if they have them."

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