Bryan Fuller Likens American Gods’ Scope to Game of Thrones

We learned in early July that Bryan Fuller, Michael Green and Neil Gaiman are set to executive produce a small screen adaptation of Gaiman’s 2001 bestseller “American Gods.” Today, CraveOnline caught up with Fuller and learned a few intriguing details about his plans for the series, which he says will likely shoot in 2015 and air in 2016.

“It’s basically the following the events of the books,” says Fuller, “but expanding those events, and expanding the point of view to go above and beyond Shadow and Wednesday. In that way, as with ‘Game of Thrones,’ there are dozens of characters that you’re tracking through the events and that’s probably the biggest similarities between the worlds, in that there’s a wide variety of characters at play.”

“American Gods” posits 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 in preparation to battle the new deities.

Fuller goes on to reveal that the series may also include elements of Gaiman’s 2005 quasi-sequel, “Anansi Boys” and jokes that Gaiman “god damn well better” write some of the series’ episodes.

Check out the full interview over at CraveOnline.