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Pagan News Beagle: Airy Monday, November 30

Bryan Fuller details his plans for the TV adaptation of Neil Gaiman's American Gods. The trailer for the film Gods of Egypt is analyzed and critiqued. And Cartoon Saloon, the studio behind films such as The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea announces a new film. It's Airy Monday, our weekly news segment about magic and religion in pop culture. All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

As far as popular depictions of mythological figures in fiction go, it's hard to eclipse Neil Gaiman's novel American Gods, which won the Hugo and Nebula awards when it debuted over a decade ago. Now Starz is adapting the novel into a TV series headed by Bryan Fuller and Michael Green. At Comic Book Resources, Fuller details his plans for the series, comparing it directly with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, "but with gods."

Have you seen the trailer for Lionsgate and Alex Proyas' Gods of Egypt? If so, what did you think? Sci-fi and fantasy website io9 has their own choice thoughts about the trailer here.

A lot of attention recently may have gone to David Bowie's son Duncan Jones and his new film Warcraft, but that doesn't mean Bowie's been sitting dormant. Recently, David Bowie released a new music video to promote his album Blackstar (also stylized as ), which has drawn comparison to science fiction, horror, and weird fiction.

When it comes to Japanese roleplaying games, a few series stand out in Western eyes: Final Fantasy, Tales of, Dragon Quest, etc. But not every acclaimed roleplaying game from the Land of the Rising Sun makes it over to the U.S. Gaming website Kotaku provides details on one of the most beloved RPGs in Japan that, until very recently, never had a Western release.

If you're a fan of traditional animation you may well have heard of Cartoon Saloon, the Irish studio responsible for such critically acclaimed films as The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea. Now, ahead of the release of their new film The Breadwinner, Cartoon Saloon has announced the production of a fourth film, Wolfwalker, which will blend Irish folklore surrounding werewolves with the history of Oliver Cromwell's 17th campaign of conquest in the country.

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