Neil Gaiman has announced that a film adaptation of his book American Gods is in development, and a "genius" unnamed director "who has many, many Oscars" is attached to the project.

The novel, first published in 2001, takes place in a world in which gods and mythological creatures exist.

"I'm going to be having a meeting in LA with the people that the film rights have been sold to," he confirmed. "I'm going to be... talking to them, find out where they're going and if there's any way that I can help."

"[The director] fell in love with this [novel] about six or seven years ago and has not given up," explained the writer."

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