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.