When I first heard that Bryan Fuller and Michael Green were creating a series for Starz based on American Gods, the fantasy novel by Neil Gaiman, I was excited beyond belief. I have loved this book since the first time I read it back in 2003. The Sandman creator has always had a passion for mythology – most notably Norse mythology – which he has woven throughout many of his works. At last, I will finally be able to see these awesomely narcissistic characters onscreen!
The official synopsis:
A recently released ex-convict named Shadow meets a mysterious man who calls himself “Wednesday” and who knows more than he first seems to about Shadow’s life and past.
American Gods will star a magnificent ensemble cast, including Ricky Whittle (The 100 TV series), Ian McShane (John Wick 2014), Emily Browning (A Series of Unfortunate Events 2004), Crispin Glover (Back to the Future 1985), Peter Stormare (Fargo 1996), Cloris Leachman (Mary Tyler Moore TV series), Dane Cook (Mr. Brooks 2007), Gillian Anderson (The X-Files TV series) and Jeremy Davies (Justified TV series) and will run for eight episodes starting on April 30, 2017.
The first thing I noticed about the trailer for American Gods was the gorgeous cover of Lead Belly’s “In the Pines.” I’ve always loved this song and this version by Danny Farrant and Paul Rawson is beautiful and haunting, like a 21st century version of Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game.” It’s glorious.
Although I have to admit, I was a bit disappointed to see that the actual mythological aspect of the show was being kept hidden in the trailer. I think letting people in on this little tidbit is important and will attract a much wider audience. Right now, American Gods looks barely supernatural, never mind heavy with old world legends and parables.
I can only hope that future teasers will include some of what I consider to be the important stuff. I would hate to see something that I know could be a fantastic series fall flat because the filmmakers couldn’t put together an informational and attention-grabbing trailer. There’s plenty of time between now and April 30th, so here’s to hoping that we get a few more bones between then and now.
Here’s the trailer for American Gods, which was released this past summer at the San Diego Comic Con.