American Gods showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green have stepped down from the series, Deadline reports. The show, which is based on the Neil Gaiman novel of the same name, is currently in the process of getting its Season 2 scripts written, and according to the outlet, they are about halfway done with that process, in hopes of getting the show ready for a mid-1028 premiere.
It sounds like that may be wishful thinking, given this new piece of information.
So what’s the reason behind the departure? There was no official word, but the buzz is that the first season of the show had a budget that ballooned to Game of Thrones levels. Producer of the series, FremantleMedia, recently had a changing of the guard to a new scripted chief named Dante di Loreto. The new head apparently was looking to impose budget cuts for American Gods’ second season.
Sadly, this puts Starz and FremantleMedia in a position to begin looking for a new showrunner. Those hoping to see Gaiman himself take the reins will be disappointed to hear that he’s far too busy with the Amazon series Good Omens to do so. Still, there are a lot of great showrunners out there, and given the pedigree behind this project, if they can get it right, it’d be quite the feather in any showrunner’s cap.
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