The Article Below Comes From Comingsoon.net….
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 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.
You know what…I’m STOKED!!! American Gods is my favorite novel ever written and ranks (with me) right up there with Watchmen as the best piece of literature ever written in the modern age. But here’s my issue, I’m going to be super analytical with this film.
American Gods is more or less a thematic extension of Gaiman’s Sandman series, containing various mythological concepts with a mixture of Americana and Fantasy. But at the book’s core is the idea that American culture has very little value beyond its own technological advances.
Of course there’s more to it than that, but Gaiman wrote it mainly as a reaction to his own experiences of living in the United States. This is not a biography by any means, but it is somewhat a reflection of Gaiman’s thoughts on America.
Just like with Watchmen, I’m going to be tapping my foot every step of the way until it hits theaters. And just as like Dan Woodward from It’s a Dan’s World has been doing with his updates on the Hobbit film coming out, I will equally be keeping tabs on the progress of the film adaptation of my favorite novel of all time! Stay Tuned for more information.
Oh, and if you haven’t read this awesome novel yet….don’t wait any longer!