Neil Gaiman Writing Episodes for “American Gods”
We had suspected this might be the case, as Gaiman has written episodic television before–most notably for Doctor Who in the last couple of years. But now Fuller has confirmed it. Neil Gaiman will definitely be penning episodes for the first season of American Gods. In an interview with Collider, he promises:
He said “we are cranking away” at the first two scripts, and that author “Neil Gaiman is going to be writing episodes of the show,” so the new series “is going to have scope.
Gaiman isn’t the first author in this new generation of book to television series to pen an episode or two. Until the pressure to actually finish the next book became too much to bear, George RR Martin was penning an episode a season over on Game of Thrones. Like Gaiman, he had previous television script experience having worked on fantasy shows like Beauty and the Beast before quitting to become a full-time novelist.
Even those that don’t have experience are usually held close by the script writers to make sure they are doing justice to the book. Over on Outlander, Diana Gabaldon works as a consultant to Ronald Moore, and Susanna Clarke also kept a sharp eye on Peter Harness over on Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. But Gaiman’s reputation for writing scripts for other shows proceeds him, and his first outing on Doctor Who, the instant classic “The Doctor’s Wife” where the TARDIS becomes embodied as a woman suggests that we could be in for a real treat when we get to his episodes.