Neil Gaiman gives verdict on American Gods TV series

'It’s eight episodes, the first season, and it’s astonishing'

Jack Shepherd
Monday 20 March 2017 10:45 GMT

Neil Gaiman’s novels have been adapted numerous times to other media - including Caroline, Stardust, and the short How to Talk to Girls at Parties.

One of his most famous works, the Hugo Award-winning American Gods, will soon be reaching TV screens, having been adapted by Hannibal’s Bryan Fuller and Logan writer Michael Green.

Speaking at the Empire Awards, Gaiman gave his verdict on the show’s first season, saying: “It’s eight episodes, the first season, and it’s astonishing.

“Bryan Fuller and Michael Green as showrunners have done this remarkable job of taking just the beginning of the novel and they’ve opened it up. It’s so powerful.”

Gaiman also commented on how the TV show has changed the novel’s original story, going as far as to say: "My favourite episode is an episode with nothing that I wrote in.”

He told HeyUGuys: “I’ve loved seeing it. One of the things that has been fascinating for me; on the one hand every now and then they would propose doing something or a scene, and it’s like – ‘No, I would throw myself in front of a bus if you do that…’ and on the other hand they’ll come up with ideas and [I would say] I would never have thought of that – I think that’s amazing.”

Earlier this year, Gaiman announced a sequel to Neverwhere, titled The Seven Sisters, set to be released more than 20 years after the original’s publication date.

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