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• Oscar winner Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardner) may join Michael Fassbender (12 Years A Slave) in Dreamworks’ The Light Between Oceans based on the M.L. Stedman novel. Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine) is directing the film about a lighthouse keeper and his wife who raise 2-month-old baby after finding it in a rowboat next to a dead body. [The Wrap]
• Fifty Shades of Grey’s Dakota Johnson will star in Forever, Interrupted, another book-to-film adaptation. The debut novel from Taylor Jenkins Reid tells the story of a young woman who forms a relationship with the mother she never knew after her whirlwind marriage is cut short. »
- Jake Perlman
“Pushing Daisies” alum Anna Friel and “Fargo” star Oliver Platt have joined the cast of Bron Studios and Gilbert Films’ fantasy horror comedy “The Master Cleanse,” TheWrap has learned. Johnny Galecki and Anjelica Huston star in the film, which serves as the feature debut of writer-director Bobby Miller. After holding onto heartbreak for several years, Paul (Galecki) decides to restart his life, joining a spiritual retreat designed to cleanse negative toxins from his body. But things take a turn when Paul and the other participants discover that the cleanse releases something far greater than everyday toxins and traumatic experiences. Also read: ‘Pushing Daisies’ Star. »
- Jeff Sneider
Starz is developing a television show based on Neil Gaiman's fantasy novel "American Gods," to be produced by FremantleMedia North America. The project was previously in the works at HBO, but the show never got off the ground thanks to script problems. Once the rights became available, Starz jumped at the opportunity to adapt Gaiman's coveted novel. The pilot for "American Gods" will be written by Bryan Fuller ("Hannibal," "Pushing Daisies," "Heroes") and Michael Green, who also worked on "Heroes" in addition to "The River" and "Kings." No word yet on who will direct, but Fuller and Green will serve as showrunners for the series. Gaiman, author of "American Gods," will executive produce. Published in 2001, "American Gods" posits a war brewing between old and new gods: the traditional »
Predictably, nerds went bonkers over the news that Starz is developing a TV adaptation of Neil Gaiman's best-selling prose novel, American Gods, to be helmed by Hannibal creator Bryan Fuller and Heroes scribe Michael Green. "Holy hell," io9.com declared. "We are freaking out." "Everything is good and right with the world forever and ever amen," proclaimed geek-news site The Mary Sue. "Holy Crap Bryan Fuller Is Doing American Gods Holy Crap," mused Vanity Fair's Joanna Robinson. Okay, let's slow down here. There's no doubt that Gaiman is one of the greatest sci-fi/fantasy writers of his generation, and Bryan Fuller is more than capable of creating top-notch magical realism (he created Pushing Daisies, after all). But this news does not deserve such unrestrained optimism. Put simply: American Gods has not aged well, and will need some serious retooling to make it watchable today.When Gaiman's novel hit shelves »
- Abraham Riesman
I’ve been trying to wrap my head around the idea of Lifetime’s The Lottery. At least, I’ve been trying to imagine how a drama about a dark future for humanity would work on Lifetime. Here’s the first trailer for the series:
- Lyle Masaki
A small screen adaptation of Neil Gaiman's American Gods has been in development since 2011. It finally has the steam it's been looking for to rocket into production. It was originally set up with HBO and Tom Hanks' production company Playtone. It is now going to be developed at Starz with FremantleMedia under the guidance of producers Bryan Fuller (Hannibal, Pushing Daisies, Heroes) and Michael Green (The River, Kings, Heroes).
The plot centers on "a war brewing between old and new gods: the traditional gods of biblical and mythological roots from around the world steadily losing believers to an upstart pantheon of gods reflecting society’s modern love of money, technology, media, celebrity and drugs. Its protagonist, Shadow Moon, is an ex-con who becomes bodyguard and traveling partner to Mr. Wednesday, a conman but in reality one of the older gods, on a cross-country mission to gather his forces »
- Joey Paur
American Gods is coming to Starz.
The pilot script will be written by Bryan Fuller (Hannibal, Pushing Daisies, Heroes) and Michael Green (The River, Kings, Heroes), who will also be the showrunners of the series. They will executive produce along with Gaiman. The 2001 novel—which has been translated into more than 30 languages—centers on a brewing war between old and new gods: the traditional gods of biblical and mythological roots from around the world steadily losing believers to an »
- Erin Strecker
Back in November of 2012, it looked like an adaptation of Neil Gaiman's American Gods was heading to HBO, but things have changed a bit with the potential series now in the works at Starz with "Hannibal" creator Bryan Fuller co-writing the pilot.
From the Press Release:
The pilot script will be penned by Bryan Fuller (“Hannibal,” “Pushing Daisies,” “Heroes”) and Michael Green (“The River,” “Kings,” “Heroes”), who will also showrun the series. They will executive produce along with Gaiman. FremantleMedia North America will produce the series.
Starz Managing Director Carmi Zlotnik said, "American Gods is a project that deserves to be made. With our partners at FremantleMedia and with Bryan, Michael, and Neil, we believe we can create a series that honors the book »
- Debi Moore
[Press Release] Beverly Hills, Calif. (July 1, 2014) – Starz has announced a script to series development of FremantleMedia North America’s (Fmna) adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed urban fantasy novel “American Gods.” The pilot script will be penned by Bryan Fuller (“Hannibal,” “Pushing Daisies,” “Heroes”) and Michael Green (“The River,” “Kings,” “Heroes”), who will also showrun the series. They will executive produce along with Gaiman. FremantleMedia North America will produce the series. Starz Managing Director Carmi Zlotnik said, “‘American Gods’ is a project that deserves to be made. With our partners at FremantleMedia and with Bryan, Michael and Neil, we believe we can create a series that honors the book and does right by the fans and viewers.” Commented Neil Gaiman, "When »
- Pietro Filipponi
Fans have been following the twisty history of American Gods' planned TV adaptation for some time. After HBO and Cinemax tried but failed to translate Neil Gaiman's expansive 2001 fantasy novel to the small screen, FremantleMedia picked up the rights earlier this year. Now, it looks as though things are really motoring, and a couple of particularly interesting names have joined the creative team.
First up is Bryan Fuller, the talent behind current NBC hit, Hannibal, and the man who gave us Dead Like Me, Wonderfalls and Pushing Daisies. Fuller is co-writing the American Gods pilot with Heroes and Smallville's Michael Green, who will also showrun the series for Us network, Starz. That, as anybody will tell you, is what's known as a result.
Bryan Fuller had this to say in the official press bumf, »
Starz is Developing a American Gods TV Series. The Gods, the old and the new, are coming to Starz via noteworthy writers. “The pilot script will be penned by Bryan Fuller (“Hannibal,” “Pushing Daisies,” “Heroes”) and Michael Green (“The River,” “Kings,” “Heroes”)”. The official press release for American Gods: Bryan Fuller and [...]
- Rollo Tomasi
American Gods, an urban fantasy novel by Neil Gaiman, is getting a second chance on becoming a television series thanks to FreemantleMedia North America and Starz. The project was previously in development at HBO but hit a snag along the way and never panned out. The story centers around a man named Shadow who is caught in the middle of a conflict between the old and new gods.
The network has given the project a script to series development order which is a gamble, but with the pilot written by Bryan Fuller (Hannibal, Pushing Daisies, Heroes) and Michael Green (The River, Kings, Heroes) definitely more of a low risk one. Both writers will stay on as showrunners, and will also take on the executive producer role along with Gaiman.
Gaiman released the following statement about the project, and it sounds like he’s certainly on board with the development of this project thus far. »
- Lindsay Sperling
It’s been so long that I can’t even remember when I started hearing about a potential treatment of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods, but it looks like we’ve finally gotten to the stage that lets us celebrate. Starz will be developing it as a series, and it sounds like Neil Gaiman thinks he’s finally got the right situation to make things happen the way that he, and fans, will be satisfied with.
If it’s even half the caliber of the book, we should be in for something special. Of course, there’s a long road between then and now, and anything can happen.
Check out all the info below, and let me know what you think.
Starz Developing “American Gods”
Starz has announced a script to »
- Marc Eastman
Fans of Neil Gaiman's classic novel, American Gods, were pretty upset when HBO, who had been working on bringing the material to the small screen in a TV series, decided to pass on the project. Never fear, fans, as the series has found new life on the Starz network! Come inside to catch the details on the announcement, including who will be running the show.
From the press release:
Starz has announced a script to series development of FremantleMedia North America’s (Fmna) adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed urban fantasy novel “American Gods.” The pilot script will be penned by Bryan Fuller (“Hannibal,” “Pushing Daisies,” “Heroes”) and Michael Green (“The River,” “Kings,” “Heroes”), who will also showrun the series. They will executive produce along with Gaiman. FremantleMedia North America will produce the series.
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Fuller and Green will serve as showrunners on the potential series, while Gaiman will be an executive producer.
Though Neil Gaiman fans were surely disappointed to hear that HBO recently let its option on the novel American Gods lapse, there is now reason to rejoice. Starz announced today that it will develop its own American Gods TV show, with Hannibal and Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller acting as showrunner alongside Heroes alum Michael Green. The two will pen the pilot script for the adaptation, which revolves around a brewing war between the traditional gods of biblical and mythological roots and the new gods reflecting society’s obsession with money, technology, media, celebrity, and drugs. The crux of the story follows Shadow Moon, an ex-con who teams up with a conman traveling partner to gather forces in preparation for battle. It’s certainly an ambitious undertaking (HBO's plans involved a $35-40 million budget per season), but Fuller has shown his knack for creative genius time and time again, so »
- Adam Chitwood
Starz has announced a script to series development of FremantleMedia North America's (Fmna) adaptation of Neil Gaiman's acclaimed urban fantasy novel "American Gods." The pilot script will be penned by Bryan Fuller ("Hannibal," "Pushing Daisies," "Heroes") and Michael Green ("The River," "Kings," "Heroes"), who will also showrun the series. They will executive produce along with Gaiman. FremantleMedia North America will produce the series. »
Despite the failure of HBO to realize Neil Gaiman's novel American Gods as a cable series does not mean that no one else will have the balls to try and make it happen. HBO has been home to countless quality programs over the years, including the fantasy epic Game Of Thrones, but they just could not find a way to make American Gods happen. Starz is going to give it a shot and they may have found the perfect candidate to run it. Hannibal and Pushing Daisies showrunner Bryan Fuller has been »
- Alex Maidy
After only two seasons, NBC’s Hannibal has already earned itself a reputation for shocking season finales that leave fans clamoring for the next chapter of the story. While its ratings remain fairly modest, Hannibal is something of a prestige project for the network and has been heaped with praise from reviewers, as well as gaining a dedicated fan following.
The show was created by Bryan Fuller, whose TV projects so far have had a rather unfortunate habit of never quite managing to make it beyond a second season. Fuller was responsible for the dark humor of grim reaper tale Dead Like Me and resurrection love story Pushing Daisies, as well as short-lived comedy drama series Wonderfalls, in which the ...
- H. Shaw-Williams
The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror recently held the 40th Annual Saturn Awards, celebrating the best of genre film and television at the Castaway Starlight Ballroom in Burbank, Calif. Gravity took home the most awards, with five statues, while Marvel’s Iron Man 3 won the inaugural Best Comic-to-Film Motion Picture award, Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead both won three, and Hannibal took home Best Network Television Series. Special Saturn Awards recognitions when to writer/producer Bryan Fuller (Dan Curtis Legacy Award), Greg Nicotero (George Pal Memorial Award) and Malcolm McDowell (Life Career Award). While at the event, Collider chatted with Hannibal showrunner Bryan Fuller, who talked about how they get away with what they get away with on Hannibal, why he considers it an art show, the directors that influence him, both in the past and for the upcoming season, the metaphor of Will Graham being »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
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