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‘Genius’ Director Set To Adapt Neil Gaiman’s American Gods

Neil Gaiman’s award-winning 2001 novel American Gods is taking its first steps toward the big screen.

In a video interview posted Friday by Digital Spy, the acclaimed author and comics writer revealed the film rights were sold just the previous week, and that an Academy Award-winning director is already involved.

“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 said.

The author’s fourth novel, American Gods is built on the premise that deities and figures of myth and folklore exist only because people believe in them. It follows an ex-convict named Shadow who, upon early release from prison after his wife is killed in a car crash, is hired to be the bodyguard of a mysterious con man named Wednesday. However, it’s soon revealed that Wednesday is an incarnation of All-Father Odin, who’s traveling America recruiting his fellow forgotten deities to wage an epic battle against the new American gods — manifestations of modern life and technology, like Internet, media and credit cards.

Gaiman said he’ll have a meeting in Los Angeles with the new rights holders to “find out where they’re going, and if there’s any way that I can help.”

Watch the brief interview clip below.


  • DF

    VERY good book! I hope it gets a good adaptation. :)

  • Anonymous

    Well this dierctor will be a “Genius” as long he has Gaiman on for reference.

  • BradRz

    Interesting, but vague. Gaiman’s comment confuses me. Is he talking about a multiple-Oscar winning cinematographer turned director, or a multiple Oscar winning director + a cinematographer already on board?

    If it’s a multiple Best Director Oscar winner, that’s a pretty short list. You’ve got Francis Ford Coppola, Milos Forman, Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood and Oliver Stone, and that’s it for living/active filmmakers to have won more than one best directing trophy.

    If it’s a director who has won multiple Oscars in categories other than, but including best director, it’s much wider, and that’s where you’ve got the Coen Bros, Peter Jackson, James Cameron, etc.

    If it’s a multiple Oscar winning cinematographer turned director, the possible candidates are Haskell Wexler, John Toll, Robert Richardson, Janusz Kaminski, Vittorio Storaro and Chris Menges. Wexler, Menges and Kaminski are all directors, but only Kaminski is particularly active, and he’s usually busy shooting Spielberg’s films.

    And yes, I know most of this off the top of my head. I did have to check the cinematographers, though.

    I really, really want to see a great American Gods adaptation. I’m surprised it’s taken so long. I’m hoping it’s because Gaiman was waiting until everything was right.

  • BradRz

    Correction to my earlier post: Coppola only has one Best Director trophy. While ‘The Godfather’ won best picture, Coppola himself lost the directing award that year to Bob Fosse. So that takes that list down to four.

    My gut feeling is that it’s Janusz Kaminski that Gaiman is talking about. Just a gut feeling.

  • demoncat_4

    nice to see Neil finaly be closer to having his work on the big screen. can not wait to find out who the director is. steven spielber maybe?