Last month, Starz announced a "script to series development deal" for the new TV series American Gods, based on Neil Gaiman's critically-acclaimed fantasy novel of the same name. The book is set in a world engulfed in war between traditional gods from religion and mythology and new gods that reflect the current society's love of money, technology, celebrity and drugs. The story centers around two main characters, the messenger Shadow and one of the American Gods dubbed Wednesday.
Hannibal creator Bryan Fuller, who co-wrote the pilot script with Michael Green (Heroes), revealed in a new interview that they plan on following the events of the book in an approach similar to HBO's Game of Thrones.
"It's basically the following the events of the books but expanding those events, and expanding the point of view to go above and beyond Shadow and Wednesday. In that way, as with Game of Thrones, there are dozens of characters that you're tracking through the events and that's probably the biggest similarities between the worlds, in that there's a wide variety of characters at play."
Bryan Fuller also revealed they are currently working on the third episode, and that production may begin in late 2015, if Starz gives them the green light to start shooting.
"Right now we are breaking the third episode, and then if it does go, it would start filming sometime mid-to-late 2015 and probably wouldn't be on anybody's television until 2016. But that's cruising along very nicely."
When asked if they are allowed to use character's from Neil Gaiman's follow-up to American Gods, Anasi Boys, Bryan Fuller revealed they do have permission to use those characters.
"I believe that we have permission to use - since Anansi Boys are in the world of American Gods - that we would be allowed to use those as well."
When asked if Neil Gaiman will be as involved with the show as George R.R. Martin is with Game of Thrones, Bryan Fuller had this to say.
"Neil's executive producing and he's very involved. He's given birth to the baby, raised to the baby, and now Michael Green and I are marrying the baby. So the relationship is similar in that way, where he is absolutely integral to the process and also very excited just to see it coming together in the fashion that it is."
Bryan Fuller also joked that Neil Gaiman "better" write some of the upcoming episodes himself, like George R.R. Martin does once a year on Game of Thrones.
"He'd better. He'd god damn well better."