The creative force behind Starz’ “American Gods” has left the series. Michael Green (“Logan”) and Bryan Fuller (“Star Trek: Discovery”), the creators, showrunners and executive producers of the series based on Neil Gaiman’s critically acclaimed novel, will not continue with the series for Season 2. According to Deadline, the search for a new showrunner is already hot, with Gaiman himself possibly coming on as a co-showrunner. This is an unlikely solution, as the writer is also helming his highly anticipated “Good Omens” series with Amazon.
While the reasons behind the split haven’t been publicized, Deadline suggested that the pair left over concerns with Season 2’s budget. Apparently, the first season cost about as much as a season of “Game of Thrones,” which series producer FremantleMedia North America didn’t want to repeat. After FremantleMedia attempted to slash the budget, Green and Fuller decided to leave the project altogether.
Based on Gaiman’s 2001 novel, “American Gods” is based on a war between the old and new guards of American gods. With big names like Ian McShane (“Ray Donovan”) as Mr. Wednesday (the Norse god Odin in disguise) and Orlando Jones (“Evolution”) as Mr. Nancy (Anansi), the older gods battled the gods of the new millennium, like Media, played by Gillian Anderson (“The X-Files”). Ricky Whittle (“Hollyoaks”), Emily Browning (“Legend”) and Pablo Schreiber (“13 Hours”) also starred. The show has a decent following, pulling in about 975,000 viewers for its first episode. According to Variety, the show was quickly renewed for its second season back in May.