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Neil Gaiman's 'American Gods' to become a TV series

No cast or premiere date is set. But showrunners are asking for fans' help casting a new Starz TV show based on Gaiman's award-winning fantasy novel "American Gods."

"I think the book is much more celebrated than I am," Neil Gaiman tweeted about "American Gods." Seth Rosenblatt/CNET

What happens when gods get grumpy and fight amongst themselves? You give them their own TV show. Starz and FremantleMedia North America announced Tuesday that they will bring Neil Gaiman's 2001 fantasy novel "American Gods" to television.

The novel centers around a convict/bodyguard named Shadow, his wife Laura, a god disguised as a conman called Wednesday and a wild assortment of old gods and mythological beings who are eager to pick a fight with the New American Gods that represent money, media, celebrity and technology.

Egyptian gods, a spider god, Men in Black and even a leprechaun show up throughout the novel, which should make for an entertaining TV series.

Bryan Fuller (Hannibal) and Michael Green (The River) will be showrunners, and Gaiman himself will serve as executive producer.

"Almost 15 years ago, Neil Gaiman filled a toy box with gods and magic, and we are thrilled to finally crack it open and play," Fuller and Green said in a statement.

This is great news for Gaiman fans hoping that "American Gods" would eventually be represented as either a TV program or feature film. Plus, it doesn't hurt that Gaiman himself has publicly stated his excitement for the project.

"I am thrilled, scared, delighted, nervous and a ball of glorious anticipation," Gaiman said in a statement. "The team that is going to bring the world of 'American Gods' to the screen has been assembled like the master criminals in a caper movie: I'm relieved and confident that my baby is in good hands."

"Now we finally move to the exciting business that fans have been doing for the last dozen years: casting our Shadow, our Wednesday, our Laura," Gaiman added.

Starz has already asked fans to post their ideas for the perfect "American Gods" cast by using the hashtag #CastingShadow on social media.

In addition to stirring buzz by asking audiences to weigh in, Starz chief executive (and former HBO head) Chris Albrecht said, "We hope to create a series that honors the book and does right by the fans." Recently, Starz has become something of a force in premium cable programming with its popular flagship shows "Power" and "Outlander," and "American Gods" could join their ranks as a dark and dramatic crowd pleaser.

Gaiman is currently bringing his beloved comic book series , working with actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who will serve as the movie's producer.

Who would you like to see cast in the "American Gods" TV series? William Morrow