Neil Gaiman’s American Gods to get film adaptation

News Ryan Lambie 28 Mar 2011 - 17:45

Award winning fantasy novel, American Gods, is set to be adapted into a movie, confirms author Neil Gaiman…

A novel in which mythical beasts, gods and leprechauns populate the US, Neil Gaiman’s American Gods won numerous literary awards when it was published in 2001. 

Almost a decade on from its first publication, author Neil Gaiman has revealed that the story is about to be given the big screen treatment. Although he hasn’t mentioned who will be behind its production, he’s hinted that the director’s a well-known one.

“There is one cinematographer and director on board, who has many, many Oscars and is a genius,” Gaiman told Digital Spy. “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 coming back.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Gaiman may also have hinted that he could be involved in adapting the script, or at least lending a hand with its conversion. He’s apparently heading out to LA to meet the buyers of the American Gods property, and plans to “find out where they’re going and if there’s any way I can help.”

Given that Gaiman’s a seasoned screenwriter as well as an author of comics and novels (he co-wrote the screenplay for Matthew Vaughn’s Stardust, and has also penned an episode for the sixth series of Doctor Who), it’s not beyond the realms of possibility that he’d be hired to write American Gods’ script himself. We can but hope.

More news on the American Gods film as we get it.

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