The first season of Starz’s American Gods, based off the of the Neil Gaiman book of the same name, was honestly just plain amazing. It accurately captured the novel’s feel and tone, while expanding on the material in interesting ways. The show is just plain good. Unfortunately though, we don’t know if that will continue in the show’s second season, as it’s now been announced that showrunners Michael Green and Bryan Fuller are leaving the series.
There haven’t been any officials reason for their departure, but the prevailing theory was that it was a dispute over budget. The first season of the show was far more expensive than Starz anticipated, and the network may have been wanting to cut back.
The network is reportedly looking for a new showrunner to take over American Gods right now. The small upside is that over half of the upcoming second season has already been written, so at least something close to Fuller and Green’s vision may reach screens. It’s discouraging though, as one of the reasons fans were drawn to the program was Fuller’s unique style.
American Gods season 2 is still expected to reach screens mid-2018, though if a new showrunner isn’t found soon that may be delayed.
The march of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s Good Omens to television screens continues forward, with the latest news being a first look at David Tennant and Michael Sheen in costume as Crowley and Aziraphale. The official Terry Pratchett twitter account tweeted out an image of the two earlier today:
Beyond that image, we also know a lot more casting information about the show now. It’s been announced that Jack Whitehall will take on the role of Newt alongside Michael McKean as Sgt. Shadwell. Filling out that corner of the story, Miranda Richardson will play the psychic/courtesan Madame Tracy.
We importantly also know that Adria Arjona will play Anathema Device, the descendant of prophetic witch Agnes Nutter. In less notable parts of the cast, we have Nina Sosanya as Sister Mary Loquacious, Ned Dennehy as Hastur, and Ariyon Bakare as Ligur. No word yet on who will play the Horsemen, Adam, or the rest of Adam’s gang.
What kind of episode do we record after spending forty-five minutes trying to get our cameras to work and failing? Apparently a fairly normal one, albeit an audio only installment. In this, we discuss the Good Omens casting news, the Obi-Wan Kenobi movie, and Netflix’s atrocious Death Note adaptation. Then we hit the con scene, where we talk about the Avalon Expo organizer disappearing mid-con and how much fun we had at Geek.kon last weekend.
And yes, we address the Nazi cosplayer and a bunch of other stuff.
We’ve known for a while that Neil Gaiman was adapting his and Terry Pratchett’s amazing novel Good Omens for television. The series eventually landed at Amazon, and is being co-produced by BBC studios. The big news everyone has been waiting on though is who the heck are going to play Aziraphale and Crowley?
Well, thanks to Variety, we now know. According to the publication, Michael Sheen and David Tennant have been respectively cast as the Angel and Demon. Sheen is best known for his roles in the Twilight saga and Masters of Sex, but to me he’ll always be 30 Rock‘s “Wesley Snipes.” David Tennant is, of course, David Tennant.
The casting is pretty ideal (even if Tennant’s a little thin for how I always pictured Crawley). Often I get nervous when my favorite books get adapted for screen, but since Neil Gaiman himself actually wrote the six episodes and is showrunning, I’m pretty confident we’ll get something true to the text at least.
On this episode of Nerd & Tie we discuss The Inhumans hitting the small screen, Hayao Miyazaki coming out of retirement (again), react to the American Ghost in the Shell trailer, consider the new series Neil Gaiman is developing for Fox, and put our heads together about the possibility of a Snowpiercer television series. We also talk about what a disaster Rewind Con apparently turned out being, and Nick went to Daisho Con.
Also, Pher has a very important announcement about his future at Nerd & Tie. It’s a big deal.
Neil Gaiman is developing a television series for Fox called The Building. Based off the Chris Leone’s 2015 film Parallels, the series is about a group of urban explorers who go into an abandoned building, only to find themselves in another universe when they exit it. The show will follow our heroes trying to find their way home as the building continues to move between realities.
So it’s like Sliders, only kind of cooler.
Leone is helping Gaiman develop the series at 20th Century Fox, and both will executive produce along side Albert Kim (who co-wrote the Parallels movie with Leone). Kim will actually be the person serving as showrunner on the series.
The concept is simple, but could be a pretty interesting series. Personally I’m excited about the project, though I will always be a little worried about genre shows at Fox (considering their history of cancelling them).
While we’re super excited for Starz’s upcoming adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s novel American Gods, we admittedly haven’t been keeping up on the casting too much. I mean once we knew who was playing Shadow and Mr. Wednesday, we were pretty much onboard and just started waiting for the thing to finally air.
For those unfamiliar with the book, Media is one of the “new gods” who have formed in the modern world… and rather than spoil the story at all, I’ll just say that Anderson is perfectly cast in the role. Honestly, I’m just excited to see more of her on American television.
American Gods is expected to premiere later this year.
On this episode of Nerd & Tie we discuss Pearl Mackie’s casting as the new Doctor Who companion, Neil Gaiman is adapting Good Omens for Television, Syfy has ordered Krypton to pilot, Inhumans is off of Marvel’s schedule, John Macaluso has stepped down as the CEO of Wizard World, and Fox plans on skipping this year’s San Diego Comic Con.
The first Terry Pratchett novel I ever read was also the first Neil Gaiman novel I ever read. It was, of course, Good Omens, and it opened the door to me to two people who would soon become a couple of my favorite authors.
It’s a pretty good book. You should read it.
Neil Gaiman once said that he’d never adapt the book to screen with out Terry Pratchett, but apparently acquiesced when (not long before the late author’s death) Pratchett requested that Gaiman do it. The adaptation is reportedly being scripted as a six episode miniseries, and Gaiman claims to be two thirds of the way through the scripts already.
This isn’t the first time Good Omens has been pushed towards the screen. The first was back in the early 2000s, when Monty Python alum Terry Gilliam was planning to direct a film version. That fell apart post-9/11 though, as he couldn’t get funding together. In 2011, the other Monty Python alum named Terry, Terry Jones, was involved with a television adaptation that fell apart as well. God there are just a bunch of Terrys in this thing.
Hopefully this particular adaptation makes it to screen.
Many of our readers know that a Sandman film was in production, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt set to direct and possibly star. This attempt to adapt the Neil Gaiman comic has been long in the making (originally envisioned as a television series), as the source material is notoriously hard to adapt. But with Gordon-Levitt running the project (and Neil Gaiman on as an Executive Producer), most of us were pretty certain that those shepherding the film into existence would try to bring something faithful to the screen.
Things have gotten a whole lot less certain over the weekend though. You see, Warner Bros shifted the film to their New Line subsidiary, and apparently things have been rocky. After not seeing eye with the studio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt has left Sandman.
While it’s nice to know that Neil Gaiman and Joseph Gordon-Levitt get along, it’s kind of a bad sign for the future of the movie. If what New Line wants to do with the film isn’t faithful to the source material, we may end up with a Sandman in name only.
And that would kind of suck.
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