American Gods Film Moving Forward

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American Gods, Neil Gaiman’s epic fantasy tome, is now set for development as a feature film, the author confirmed in an interview with Digital Spy (via Bleeding Cool).

The book, released in 2001 to many accolades, tells the story of a ex-convict, Shadow, and his navigation through a present-day America secretly filled with all the mythological gods and monsters of ancient history, long since immigrated to the United States.

Though no specific details have been announced, Gaiman says that the rights for the project have just been sold and that he will meet shortly with the new director about his own potential involvement in the project. As for who will be helming, Gaiman only offers a tease.

“There is one cinematographer and director on board,” he says, “who has many, many Oscars and is I think is a genius. 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.”

Gaiman, arguably best known for his comic book series “Sandman,” has seen his work adapted in Hollywood with adaptations of his novels Stardust and Coraline. His most recent book, The Graveyard Book is slated for a film version from Neil Jordan while a “Sandman” television is said to be in development with Gaiman’s involvement.

Check out the original video interview with Gaiman in the player below and check back for details on American Gods as they develop.