Neil Gaiman has been doing a lot of interviews lately, in large part to promote his upcoming episode of Doctor Who (more on that later, I’m sure). In among these interviews, he let slip a little bit of news on the developing film adaptation of his novel American Gods.
Gaiman confirmed that the film rights to the book were sold “like last week,” but didn’t name names. He went on to say, also without naming names, this:
“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.”
Gaiman didn’t go into detail beyond that, but perhaps an announcement from this mysterious director is on the way soon. In the meantime, we’re left to wonder: Who in Hollywood, with many, many Oscars, has bought American Gods and is even now setting about adapting it to the big screen?
Wish list time: Who is your favorite candidate to direct such a thing? Guillermo del Toro? Steven Spielberg? Who is your nightmare candidate?
For those of you unfamiliar with American Gods (Get yourself familiar really, really quick. You’ll be glad you did), here’s the blurb on the book from Gaiman’s blog:
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.