Neil Gaiman Inks TV Development Deal With FremantleMedia

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Neil Gaiman is pushing deeper into television.

The creator and exec producer of Starz's upcoming American Gods has signed a first-look TV deal with FremantleMedia.

Under the multiple-year deal, Gaiman will be able to adapt any of his projects — from novels and short stories — as well as adapt other projects and original ideas.

"Working with my friends at FremantleMedia on shepherding American Gods to the screen has been exciting and a delightful way to spend the last three years," Gaiman said in a statement announcing the news Tuesday. "I've learned to trust them, and to harness their talents and enthusiasm, as they've learned to harness mine. They don't mind that I love creating a ridiculously wide variety of things, and I am glad that even the strangest projects of mine will have a home with them. American Gods is TV nobody has seen before and I can't wait to announce the specifics behind what we have coming up next."

Gaiman and FMNA are already working on identifying what the company says is a "full slate of projects." Upcoming TV fare is expected to include original content and existing Gaiman properties — many bringing in acclaimed creators from other fields. Cat Mihos will continue to serve as director of development for Gaiman's The Blank Corp.

Gaiman's works include the Oscar-nominated Coraline, as well as Norse Mythology — currently the No. 1 work of fiction on the New York Times and London Times best-seller lists. His credits include the groundbreaking Sandman comic series, The Graveyard Book and The Ocean at the End of the Lane. His short story How to Talk to Girls at Parties is being adapted for the big screen and due this year.

“Neil Gaiman is one of the most distinctive writers of our time and we’ve been incredibly fortunate to be entrusted with his vision while adapting American Gods," FMNA co-CEO Craig Cegielski said. "Our experience together has proven more than collaborative — it’s a shared ambition to create, develop and produce singular, bespoke content. We couldn’t be happier to diversify and expand our relationship to future projects.”
American Gods, from showrunner Bryan Fuller, debuts April 30 on Starz.