The New York Times described the plot of Neil Gaiman’s best-selling novel American Gods thusly: “a noirish sci-fi road trip novel in which the melting pot of the United States extends not merely to mortals but to a motley assortment of disgruntled gods and deities.”
Sound weirdly wonderful and not-so-slightly bizarre? It is all of those things and more.
On April 30, Starz will debut a new series based on the novel. As a fan of this fantastical collision of gods and men and cell phones and credit cards, I had to wonder, “How the hell are they going to pull that off?”
That was the question faced by co-showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green as they paired up and prepared to tackle this many tentacled beast. And having seen a press screener of the first three episodes, I can say that -- spoiler alert! -- they pull it off and then some. This shouldn't come as a major surprise, given that their series writing and producing credits include Hannibal, Star Trek and Heroes, to name a few.
I spoke with Fuller and Green as the dust was settling in their editing suites, and asked what it takes to lead hundreds of people to produce a product that was born in one man’s head. Like many of the visionaries you read about here on Entrepreneur, Fuller and Green found success by building a rock star team, communicating their ideas, obsessing over the details and then obsessing over the details some more.