Author Neil Gaiman's fantasy novel "American Gods" has found new life at Starz, and will be developed for a new series by the network.

The 2001 novel had previously been in development at HBO, but the network and Gaiman couldn't work out the details of the adaptation -- there were reportedly multiple issues with the script -- and it was abandoned earlier this year. But Gaiman later teased that the project was still alive elsewhere, and now Starz has announced that it's going ahead with a series.

"'American Gods' is a project that deserves to be made," said Starz managing director Carmi Zlotnik in a statement. "With our partners at FremantleMedia and with [executive producers] Bryan [Fuller], Michael [Green], and Neil, we believe we can create a series that honors the book and does right by the fans and viewers."

A story synopsis, per TheWrap:

"American Gods" portrays a war between the old gods of biblical and mythological roots and a new group of gods "reflecting society's modern love of money, technology, media, celebrity and drugs."

Its main character is Shadow Moon, who is described as "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 in preparation to battle the new deities."

Fuller is writing the pilot and Green will serve as showrunner. No word yet on a premiere date.

[via: TheWrap]

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