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Neil Gaiman's Novel 'American Gods' is Heading to the Big Screen

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March 29, 2011
Source: Digital Spy

American Gods

The writer has already seen several of his stories like Coraline and Stardust adapted to the big screen, and now another novel from Neil Gaiman will be getting the feature film treatment. Digital Spy (via Bleeding Cool) recently talked to the author who revealed his 2001 novel American Gods would be heading to the big screen. Gaiman said, "I'm going to be having a meeting in LA with the people that the film rights have been sold to. I'm going to be talking to them, find out where they're going and if there's any way that I can help." In addition, the author says a big time director is attached to the adaptation.

For those unfamiliar with the story, here's the official synopsis from Gaiman's website:

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.

As for the director who might take on the adaptation, Gaiman doesn't give a name, but he did say, "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." I'm not sure who it might be, but if it's someone with "many, many Oscars" then it sounds like this adaptation will be in the right hands. Hopefully we'll find out something official sooner than later. Sound good?

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  • YES!
    • Dan W
      My official reaction was NO! but after hearing that a big time director is interested this could be OK news. If it's Spielberg he's referring to then I'm in. I loved the book, but I couldn't see it see it getting justified in movie form.
  • Ladybirdchance
    i just hope they get all the intricacies in the film. other then that heck yea i'm excited.
  • SQUEEE! Holy crap, that would be awesome. I agree with Ladybirdchance, this is going to have to be a total booty-kicker in the detail department - heck, it might make sense as a double feature. But it's *such* an awesome story. Looking forward to finding out who the director is!
  • Harm
    Well if the Director has "Many, Many" Oscars that narrows the list down quite a bit. Spielberg - WIN Eastwood - would be good but not really the type of flick he makes Stone- Please god no Scorsese - WOW that would be crazy cool Coppola - not really his mainstay Polanski - meh Cameron - too busy - maybe producer? Howard - please god in heaven NO - he's already f'ing up The Dark Tower Jackson - That would be awesomesauce - but he's busy with The Hobbit Friedkin - meh The Coen Bros - WIN!
  • Andrew
    That's an ambiguous quote. Does the cinematographer have many oscars or does the director? Or is it one director who also has cinematographer credits? I feel like that would narrow it down a bit. Can't think of any though... I hope its the coen brothers... they would be awesome for this.
  • Andrew
    Oh and speaking of Neil Gaiman, there needs to be a proper Neverwhere adaptation. I vote Guillermo del Toro
    • T_lynn4
      if im not mistaken i think neverwhere started out as a mini-series. i think he adapted it into a book afterwards. i saw the miniseries and it was terrible. book is amazing though.
    • tickety
      I would love to see that! I have book, video and DVD, all slightly different.
  • Anonymous
    This will be awesome. They'll have to change a lot of stuff, and I think it would work best as a two part flick just for the length, but I can see this turning into a really great 2.5 hour film and a fucking amazing 5 hour two-parter. There's also that TV miniseries adaptation of Good Omens getting made, and a couple years back there was a lot of buzz going around to get Neverwhere made as a feature film as well. It's awesome to finally see Gaiman's work being noticed by the studios. I'm actually quite surprised this didn't happen sooner. Wasn't there also a rumor that they were going to make a Sandman TV series a while back?
  • Anonymous
    I have to re read that story. I remember that it was filled to the brim with mythos that I had to reference every character in it. This movie should come with a cliff note on who's who of world myth.
  • Anonymous
    As with all such projects, in the hands of a careful and dedicated artist, this could be a thing of beauty. It could also be garbage on par with Battlefield Earth... I will hope for the former...

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