A few months ago it was announced that American Gods showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green had left left the Starz series, claiming budgeting and creative differences. For a while, things seemed up in the air for the series, despite the first season’s great success. Gillian Anderson, who played the god of media, also decided to leave the show following Fuller and Green’s departure.
Starz has now picked up Jesse Alexander (Hannibal, Star Trek: Discovery) as the series’ new showrunner. He’ll be working with executive producer Neil Gaiman, who wrote the novel the series is based on.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gaiman wasn’t happy with Fuller and Green’s proposed direction for the second season as it is was a departure from the book’s plot. The duo had already penned the first six episodes of the new season, which are now being cast aside as Alexander starts over.
Neil Gaiman (left), Jesse Alexander (right)
Here’s what Gaiman had to say about Alexander joining the team:
“I’m thrilled that Jesse is [the] showrunner. He loves and understands the book, he loves and understands the TV series and he’s dedicated to making future seasons of American Gods as good and as beautiful and as unique as they can be. Shadow’s journey is going to take him, and Mr. Wednesday, and the New Gods and the Old, to some very strange places. I’m glad that we, and the cast and crew, will have Jesse shepherding us on the way.”
Under Fuller and Green the first season ended up $30 million over budget and they had planned the second season to have ten episodes, rather than the eight episodes of the first season. It’s not clear if these factors contributed to their departure, or if season two will remain ten episodes long under Alexander.
While Starz wants American Gods back on TV by January next year, it’s possible that the change of showrunners – and a main actor leaving – may prove to be a setback.