American Gods‘s second season to the screen is as surprising and dramatic as anything seen in the Starz program based on Neil Gaiman’s novel. Now, it seems, Gaiman will have a major creative role in the series.
While speaking with reporters at the Television Critics Association winter press tour, Starz president and CEO Chris Albrecht discussed the behind-the-scenes drama as “some trouble,” according to The Wrap. First, showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green stepped away from the program when production house FremantleMedia North America declined to give them a requested budget increase. Then, Gillian Anderson announced she was walking away from the show; a move Albrecht claims was anticipated.
But it seems he wants the show to continue with Gaiman in charge of the writing staff. “Neil Gaiman will be taking more of a central role and moving forward into a more traditional showrunner function,” Albrecht said. “And we’re looking for a partner for him who can ensure that the television part of this gets appropriate attention.” From the sound of it, Gaiman will become a head writer/executive producer on the adaptation of his novel while the partner Albrecht mention will handle the details of physical production.
Both responsibilities are typical duties of a showrunner; a position Gaiman previously said he did not have time to take on. Perhaps things have changed since that time. Gaiman also has a creative capacity on the upcoming series Good Omens, based on the novel he co-wrote with Terry Pratchett.
American Gods tells the tale of a coming war between the old gods (like Odin and Horus) and the new gods of technology, fame and money. Caught in the middle of the conflict is Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle), a man who would really like to come to grips with the death of his wife; except she can’t really come to grips with it either.
It is currently unclear when American Gods will return.