Neil Gaiman has dropped some hints about an upcoming, big screen adaptation of American Gods, his second novel. The rights were only finally sold “like, last week after talking to people for years” but a director is already in the frame. He says:
There is one cinematographer and director on board who has many, many Oscars and is I think is a genius, and I love the fact that he fell in love with this about six or seven years ago and has not given up and just kept coming back and kept coming back.
Yes, that’s most encouraging. But I can’t even start to guess who this director is. There aren’t really any directors who have many many Oscars – not personally – so I assume that it’s this director’s films that have amassed a little bronze army. But, still, who is that?
“Cinematographer and director” sounds a little bit Ridley Scott, but I’m not convinced he’s such the Academy favourite. And if it were Spielberg I’m sure he’d have snapped the rights up without such delay, so… I’m throwing this one open to the floor.
Here’s the blurb for the book from Gaiman’s own site:
Released from prison, Shadow finds his world turned upside down. His wife has been killed; a mysterious stranger offers him a job. But Mr. Wednesday, who knows more about Shadow than is possible, warns that a storm is coming — a battle for the very soul of America . . . and they are in its direct path.
One of the most talked-about books of the new millennium, American Gods is a kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth and across an American landscape at once eerily familiar and utterly alien. It is, quite simply, a contemporary masterpiece.
You can see the full interview in the player below.