Magazine article Variety

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Magazine article Variety

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Neil Gaiman

'It Was About the Statue of Liberty.

For nearly 30 years, Neil Gaiman has found success as a comic-book writer, novelist and screenwriter.

Now, he can add another credit to his long CV, as the executive producer of the Starz series "American Gods," which was adapted from his 2001 novel.

What is your relationship with showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green?

I wrote a few tiny bits here and there, but mostly ... I tried to steer them off the shoals, having a really good idea where the shoals were because I'd lived with these characters for much, much longer. It was like, "No, Shadow wouldn't do that. You might think you want to go here, but trust me, you really don't..."

Starz renewed the show for a second season. But what happens when you run out of text to adapt?

By that time, one of two things will have happened. Either President Trump will have destroyed the world, or I will have written or be solidly into the "American Gods" sequel. …

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