Neil Gaiman denies reports that American Gods storyline was changed in light of the US election
Update - EW have updated the article's headline to make it a more accurate reflection of Bryan Fuller's comments.
A recent story on EW suggested that the new TV adaptation of Neil Gaiman's American Gods had undergone storyline changes in light of the US election result. In a series of tweets this evening, the author clarified the situation pouring cold water on the EW clickbait story.
It wasn't "changed from the book because of Trump". It's the same story. Bryan's talking there about what that story means in this climate. https://t.co/0oA2RUj3a7— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) March 12, 2017
EW's claims were based on comments by show runner, Bryan Fuller, who said “It’s definitely a different show that we set out to make because the political climate in America sh– its pants and we’re not telling massive immigration stories in a climate that vilifies immigrants, so we have a strange new platform to start a different kind of conversation" during a Q&A following the premiere of the first episode at SXSW.
American Gods pits Old Gods against New Gods, with the ancient mythological ones fearing irrelevance as their believers die off or are seduced by the money, technology, and celebrity offered by the younger deities. Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle) is an ex-con who, left adrift by the recent death of his wife, becomes bodyguard and traveling partner to conman Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane). But in truth, Mr. Wednesday is a powerful old deity, on a cross-country mission to build an army and reclaim his lost glory.
American Gods has attracted an impressive cast; in addition to Whittle and Shane, it stars Emily Browning, Pablo Schreiber, Yetide Badaki, Bruce Langley, Crispin Glover, Orlando Jones, Gillian Anderson, Kristin Chenoweth, Jonathan Tucker, Cloris Leachman, Peter Stormare, Chris Obi, Demore Barnes, Corbin Bernsen and Mousa Kraish. The show debuts in the UK on 1st May 2017 on Amazon Prime Video.