Starz’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods keeps marching forward. The last major news we heard was that actor Ricky Whittle (best known from The 100) has been cast as Shadow. As a big fan of the original novel, I think his casting is kind of perfect — but there’s one other character who the show absolutely needs to get right.
That would be, of course, the enigmatic Mr. Wednesday.
Well, the good news is that it looks like they have. Yesterday it was announced that actor Ian McShane would take on the role. He doesn’t look exactly the way I pictured the character in my head, but he comes close enough. Based on other performances I’ve seenb of McShane, I also think he brings an ineffable quality I always attribute to the imported all-father.
So, y’know, that’s good.
American Gods is expected to premiere later this year.
Ever since Starz put in a series order for an Adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods, the biggest question out there has been who will play the lead, Moon Shadow. Well, it looks like we finally have the answer, as Starz has announced the role will be filled by actor Ricky Whittle.
Whittle may be best known to our readers as Lincoln on The CW’s The 100, and honestly this is about as close to perfect as it gets when it comes to casting. The British actor comes remarkably close to the image I already had of the character in my head.
Bryan Fuller and Michael Green are, as we’ve mentioned before, showrunning American Gods together, and it’s expected to air on Starz in 2017.
On this fortnight’s episode we mourn the loss of Christopher Lee, discuss Jurassic World‘s amazing box office record, gawk at the release of Mother in the US for the first time, rejoice for the announcement of Shenmue 3, let out a sigh of relief for the American Gods TV show moving forward, let Nick talk about the Cyborg 009/Devilman crossover, and stare puzzled into the abyss at the incompetence of Saskatoon Blitz.
Also, Trae’s going to Oz Con next weekend in West Plains, MO. You should come.
The journey of Neil Gaiman’s wonderful novel American Gods to TV screens has been a long one. HBO was originally developing the project as far back as 2011, but ended up passing on the project. Starz then put the show back into development almost a year ago.
Well, Starz has finally decided to move forward with the project, and has placed ordered the show to series officially. Bryan Fuller is still writing, Michael Green (now “of Gotham fame”) is still showrunning, and Neil Gaiman is still executive producing. No cast announcements yet, but as soon as we know who is playing Shadow I’m sure I’ll be dissecting whether or not said unnamed actor is right for the part.
Because I love this book very, very much. Here’s hoping they actually shoot in Wisconsin. Or Minnesota I guess. That looks a lot like Northern Wisconsin.
Eh, who am I kidding – it’ll end up being Vancouver, won’t it.
At first HBO was all like “We’ll totally make an American Gods TV Show,” but then they dropped it faster than a highschool sweetheart the August before going off to college. The project seemed mostly dead, right up until now. What changed? Starz has picked up the ball and is now running with it.
Was that too many metaphors? I think it might have been.
Anyway, Bryan Fuller (yes THAT Bryan Fuller) and Michael Green are going to the showrunners, with author Neil Gaiman Executive Producing.
“Neil Gaiman has created the holiest of holy toy boxes with American Gods and filled it with all manner of magical thing, born of new gods and old,” adds Fuller. “Michael Green and I are thrilled to crack this toy box wide open and unleash the fantastical titans of heaven and earth and Neil’s vividly prolific imagination.”
As someone who lived a good chunk of his life in Northwestern Wisconsin and a huge fan of the novel, needless to say I’m excited.
A year ago Neil Gaiman announced he was working on a video game called Wayward Manor. According to Mashable, the game’s description looked pretty cool:
Inspired by Gaiman’s love of both supernatural and slapstick genres, the game follows the misadventures of a ghost who wants nothing more than a peaceful afterlife, and to kick out the motley crew living in the house he once called home. A gothic New England estate is the setting, with the storyline running from the 1920s all the way to the not-too-distant future. As the ghost tries harder and harder to get rid of the squatters, he also unravels the mystery of his own death and the after-life.
Sounds pretty neat, right?
The game was intended to be released last fall.
And then it wasn’t.
And we were all sad.
But mourn no more my friends, because the official Wayward Manor site has announced that the game is coming out on July 15th! So rejoice gaming Gaiman fans, you only have a few weeks to wait.