Just one week after the season 2 debut of Starz American Gods, the fates have decreed (and that would be, of course, Starz, via Deadline) that the battle between the ancient and modern gods will continue for at least one more season. In addition, following along the lines of many timeless tales, the motif of the replacement of old gods for new ones will continue next season, as Chic Eglee will replace Jesse Alexander as showrunner for season three.
Carmi Zlotnik, the god that oversees programming at Starz, exuberantly announced the news, stating that “Audiences continue to worship at the altar of American Gods and we are excited to be able to announce to all the true believers that there is more of this fantastical series to come. With Chic (Eglee) at the helm, the invaluable insight and contributions of Neil Gaiman and the undeniable talent of this dedicated cast and crew, we know that the show will continue to deliver on the vision and promise laid out in the novel.”
The original creator Neil Gaiman also praised Eglee, saying that “I’m thrilled American Gods has been renewed for a third season, and even more thrilled that I’m getting to work on it with Chic Eglee. Chic is the best partner-in-crime. We’ve been working for weeks now on the shape of the season and I’m delighted that he gets to carry the American Gods torch on to glory.” Gaiman also made sure to honor the contributions of the former showrunners and producers (Bryan Fuller, Michael Green, and Jesse Alexander) who gave life to his novel, thanking “…Fremantle, Starz and Amazon for having faith in the series, to Bryan, Michael and Jesse for bringing it this far, to all the cast and crew, and most of all to the viewers. It’s their love of the characters that took us to this point, and will take us on to the next chapter.”
Sources also suggest that American Gods was originally envisioned as a five season affair. Gaiman also confirmed in 2017 that he would eventually write a sequel to American Gods, so the possibilities for future adaptations is high (saying nothing about the American Gods spin-off of sorts, Anansi Boys, which was published in 2005, and who wouldn’t want to see Orlando Jones in a stand-alone series featuring that rascal Mr. Nancy?).
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