Amazon to screen Gaiman's American Gods in the UK

Amazon to screen Gaiman's American Gods in the UK

The TV adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods will launch for Amazon Prime members in the UK, Germany, Austria and Japan in 2017.

The show, which is produced by FremantleMedia International, is the story of a war between old and new gods. It stars Ricky Whittle as protagonist Shadow Moon, along with Ian McShane, Emily Browning and Gillian Anderson.

“Adapted from Neil Gaiman’s beloved novel, "American Gods" is one of the most ambitious new television series coming out in 2017,” said Brad Beale, vice president of worldwide television acquisition for Amazon. “It joins our roster of exciting, high-quality original and exclusive shows for our Prime members.”

Jens Richter, c.e.o. of FremantleMedia International, added: “With a team of such visionaries bringing this epic novel to life, the American Gods series has already been the cause of much excitement. Partnering with Amazon Prime has provided us with a great opportunity to make American Gods accessible to viewers around the world and to gain a new army of worshippers for our series.”

The American Gods novel was published by Headline (in the UK) and William Morrow (in the US) in 2011.

Gaiman first announced plans to develop the story for the screen in 2011, although at the time the adaptation was destined for HBO.