Cinesite has been awarded vfx work on the new adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods for Starz. The award includes the series opener as well as work throughout the subsequent episodes.
The 10-episode series is being produced by FremantleMedia North America for release in 2017 by Starz. Bryan Fuller and Michael Green are the writers and showrunners, with David Slade set to direct the pilot and additional episodes.
The miniseries will be based on the book of the same name by Neil Gaiman, which was published in 2001 and won the 2002 Hugo, Nebula, Locus, SFX Magazine and Bram Stoker Awards, all for Best Novel.
The series posits a war brewing between old and new gods. The traditional gods of mythological roots from around the world are steadily losing believers to an upstart pantheon of gods reflecting society’s modern love of money, technology, media, celebrity and drugs. The plot centres around Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle), an ex-con who becomes bodyguard and traveling partner to Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane), a conman, but in reality the Norse god Odin. Together, they embark on a cross-country mission to gather the forces of the old gods in preparation to battle the new deities.
“We’re really excited to get to work with Kevin Tod Haug (VFX Supervisor) with on this adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s much-loved novel with David and the team at Fremantle” says Chloë Grysole, General Manager of Cinesite Montréal. “This series will give us a chance to do some incredibly creative and visually stunning work and marks a return for us into the world of high-end television series.”
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