Neil Gaiman has signed an exclusive deal with Amazon Studios, giving the platform first refusal on any TV adaptations of his work.
The writer is the author behind novels such as Stardust, Coraline, The Graveyard Book, and American Gods. The latter is available to stream on Amazon, although it was not produced with them.
Gaiman has worked with Amazon prior to this deal, however. His 1990 collaboration with Terry Pratchett, Good Omens, was turned into a six-part limited comedy series by the company. He praised Amazon for not being afraid to make the show “different”.
The financial terms of Gaiman’s deal have not been publicly disclosed. It is believed the new deal means the author’s multi-year first-look deal with production company Fremantle has been terminated.
A second series of American Gods has been confirmed, meanwhile, although it is reportedly behind schedule. In January, Starz CEO Chris Albrecht revealed he’d had “trouble” pulling together the second season after big names Gillian Anderson and showrunner Bryan Fuller left the series.
Ian McShane, Ricky Whittle, Emily Browning, and more have been confirmed to return for the new episodes. No release date has been confirmed at present for the second series.