Bryan Fuller Talks Neil Gaiman, AMERICAN GODS, and Its GAME OF THRONES Connection

Oh Bryan Fuller, you mad television genius, you. As if we weren’t already tickled by his small screen endeavors — the brilliant Hannibal being chief among them at the moment — the prolific writer/producer/doer-of-all-things has also undertaken the adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed novel, American Gods, hopefully coming to Starz in the near future.

It’s a move that’s both excited and terrified fans of Gaiman’s novel and Fuller’s work in general. But if anyone could pull off such an expansive and impressive story with visual aplomb, surely it is the man who invented the wendingo.

Speaking with the author, Crave Online got the scoop of the series’ anticipated trajectory, in addition to tidbits about the involvement of Gaiman and whether or not the series will deviate (and to what degree) from the book’s original story line.

First thing’s first — don’t expect this one right away. In fact, don’t expect it next year, either. “If it does go [to series],” Fuller explained in the interview, “it would start filming sometime mid-to-late 2015 and probably wouldn’t be on anybody’s television until 2016.”

No doubt chief of the concerns amongst readers of Gaiman’s source material is the question of just how loyal the series would be to the story he told, Fuller compared his endeavor — at least in terms of characters — to HBO’s epic series to end all epic series, 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 [main characters] 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.”

But Fuller has more to work with, event and character-wise, given that American Gods also has a follow-up novel, Anansi Boys, from which to cull from and create further storytelling from. He confirmed as much in the interview. “Since Anansi Boys are in the world of American Gods – that we would be allowed to use those as well.”

And, perhaps the biggest question on people’s minds? How involved will Neil Gaiman be in the day-to-day of the series’ creation? “Neil’s executive producing and he’s very involved,” explained Fuller. “He is absolutely integral to the process and also very excited just to see it coming together in the fashion that it is.”

It’s no surprise, really, considering Gaiman’s recent foray into epic storytelling thanks to his episodic writing on BBC’s Doctor Who. His two episodes, “The Doctor’s Wife” and “Nightmare in Silver” were particular highlights in each of their respective seasons. Which, of course, begs the most potentially epic question of all: Will Gaiman write any episodes himself?

“He’d better,” joked Fuller. “He’d god damn well better.”

So — now that we’ve got a few more details going here, just how excited are you all for the continued development of the series? Let’s dissect and discuss it in the comments.

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