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American Gods - Season 2 - Showrunners Bryan Fuller & Michael Green Exit

Bryan Fuller and Michael Green are exiting their posts as showrunners on Starz drama “American Gods.”

Based on the supernatural novel by Neil Gaiman, “American Gods” is produced by FremantleMedia. Fuller and Green, creators and executive producers on the series, are said to be departing after clashing with FremantleMedia over budget and creative direction. Fuller and Green were said to have been pushing for an increase to the series’ budget for season two, but Fremantle balked at any increase. Sources close to the production said that the per-episode budget for “American Gods” season one stood at $10 million per episode.

Fuller and Green created the adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s 2001 award-winning novel and served as executive producers/showrunners on the show, which debuted this past spring and earned a quick Season 2 renewal. We hear more than half of the scripts for Season 2, which has been targeting a mid-2018 premiere, have been written. Gaiman may come on board as a co-showrunner but that is in flux as he also has series Good Omens for Amazon.

No one is talking about the reasons behind Green and Fuller’s exit but we hear that the split may have been over the series’ budget. There had been chatter that the budget first season of the ambitious production ballooned to Game of Thrones levels. We hear series producer FremantleMedia North America tried to impose big budget cuts for the 10-episode second season, which led to the showrunner change.

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