Fan-favorite author Neil Gaiman has had the film rights to his novel American Gods optioned. However, as to who exactly has made the purchase, Gaiman is being coy about for the moment. In an interview, he revealed-
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.
See the interview embedded below.
In American Gods, Shadow, a recently paroled ex-con, is hired by the mysterious Mr. Wednesday as a chauffeur. As they travel to various small towns, Shadow gradually discovers that Mr. Wednesday is meeting with various representatives of the various pantheons of gods worshipped centuries ago and that the reason for the meetings may mean bad things for mortals.
And while I am a long time Gaiman fan -I have signed editions of some of his early books on my shelf – I only like, but not love, American Gods. The idea that gods would draw their power from their worshippers is a concept that has been floating around in comics for a while and I felt that the middle bogged down with Gaiman writing his research rather than writing his story. Still, I think that there is a lot of material in the book that lends itself to a good film. Hopefully, Gaiman’s mystery “cinematographer and director” can bring it all together.
Via Bleeding Cool.