Bryan Fuller discusses American Gods and possible crossovers

american-godsThe highly anticipated television adaptation of American Gods may lead to its own kind of Marvel Universe, if Bryan Fuller has his way.

In an article on Screen Rant, the Hannibal showrunner shares some insights about his plans for Neil Gaiman’s award winning novel, including having a universe similar to that of Marvel where crossovers and references to other Gaiman novels will be possible.

Fuller also added that his approach to American Gods will be similar to that of Game of Thrones, where episodes follow the actions of various “characters in different locations that all orbit around a central plot.”

American Gods explores the idea that various deities and mythological creatures’ existence is fueled by people’s belief in them. With the waning of belief in ancient beings, a new generation of gods has emerged as reflections of American popular culture, including media, celebrity, technology, and drugs. The novel’s protagonist is a recently released convict named Shadow who meets a mysterious figure called Mr. Wednesday who offers him a job as his bodyguard. This encounter eventually leads to a long and fascinating journey across America, where the importance of belief is further reflected on.

Given the rich and complex universe Gaiman created in the novel and his other works, Fuller believes that there is a lot of potential for crossovers and even spin-offs, should everything go as planned.

Anansi Boys coverIn an interview with Crave Online, Fuller discussed the possibility of covering another Gaiman novel, Anansi Boys (a television adaptation of which is currently in development at the BBC). Fuller said:

“Well, we don’t have the rights to Anansi Boys but we’re hoping that we will eventually. Mr. Nancy is going to play a major role in the series and potentially what we’re looking at with American Gods is developing a Marvel Universe, not with superheroes but with gods. As detailed and integrated as the Marvel Universe is, and doing that with deities is something that excited all of us… So who knows? In success we may have spin-offs of American Gods that follow lesser gods in greater detail that you might in the main series, but there’s all sorts of potential for this show that we’re very excited about and I hope that the audience is as enthusiastic as we are so we can bring those dreams to fruition.”

Fuller is developing the series with Smallville‘s Michael Green, while Gaiman will not only serve as executive producer but also write at least two episodes for the first season.

Watch this space for more developments on American Gods.