If you live in the U.S., you’ll have to be a Starz subscriber (either through a MVPD or its $8.99/month standalone app) if you want to see the 10-episode series adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s novel “American Gods,” premiering next year. But Amazon announced today that it has secured the rights from FremantleMedia International to stream the fantasy-drama to its Prime Video subscribers in Germany, Austria, the U.K. and Japan.
“American Gods” tells the story of a power struggle between the traditional gods of mythological roots from around the world and an upstart pantheon of gods whose behavior reflects society’s modern love of money, technology, media, celebrity and drugs.
Produced by FremantleMedia North America (FMNA), the series adaptation stars Ricky Whittle (“The 100,” “Austenland”) as ex-con Shadow Moon, and Ian McShane (“Deadwood,” “Pirates of the Caribbean”) as Mr. Wednesday, who enlists Shadow Moon as part of his cross-country mission. It also stars Emily Browning (“Sucker Punch,” “Legend”) as Shadow’s wife, and Gillian Anderson (The X-Files) as Media, the mouthpiece for the New Gods. Other cast members include Pablo Schreiber (“13 Hours,” “Orange Is the New Black”),Yetide Badaki (“Aquarius,” “Masters of Sex”) and Kristin Chenoweth (“The West Wing,” “Pushing Daisies”).
Bryan Fuller (“Hannibal,” “Pushing Daisies,” “Heroes”) and Michael Green (“The River,” “Kings,” “Heroes”) are the series’ writers and showrunners. David Slade (“Hannibal,” “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse”) is directing the pilot and additional episodes. Fuller, Green, Slade and Gaiman are executive producing along with FMNA’s Craig Cegielski and Stefanie Berk.