The masterminds behind Starz’s American Gods, Michael Green and Bryan Fuller, have announced that they are leaving the big budget adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s award-winning novel.

Fuller and Green created the adaptation, and served as executive producers and showrunners on the series, which debuted this year, earning a quick second season renewal.

According to Deadline, more than half of Season 2’s scripts have been written, as the show is looking at a mid-2018 premiere for its second season. The search is now underway for a new showrunner, and while there has been talk of Gaiman himself coming on board in the role, this would be difficult, given that he is currently acting as showrunner on Amazon series Good Omens. The writer later confirmed over Twitter that he is focused on Good Omens, and thus will not be joining American Gods.

No one has confirmed a reason for the pair’s exit, however, Deadline has insinuated that the split may have come from budget concerns. Many had said that the first season’s budget had grown to nearly the same level as Game of Thrones, and apparently, series producer FremantleMedia North America (under their new scripted chief, Dante di Loreto) had tried to impose massive budget cuts for the 10-episode second season, leading to the change.

Neither Starz or FremantleMedia North America have commented.

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