Who is Neil Gaiman’s ‘American Gods’ Mystery Director?

Fantasy author hints that director has won 'many, many Oscars.' What, is it John Ford?

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani

Who is Neil Gaiman's 'American Gods' Mystery Director?

Neil Gaiman’s novel American Gods may be on the road to the big screen, if the author himself is a reliable source. American Gods is the story of the Gods of old, who are alive but weakened in this modern day and age because nobody believes in them anymore. The novel has won many, many awards and now – according to Neil Gaiman – it has finally been picked up by a mysterious director whom Gaiman only refers to as ‘a cinematographer and director’ who has ‘won many, many Oscars’ and whom Gaiman ‘thinks is a genius.’ 

Aw crap, we’re going to lose sleep over this. Thanks to Bleeding Cool for giving us something obsess over. 

Who the hell could this be? Gaiman’s statements are just specific enough to give us room to speculate, but just vague – and possibly misinformed – enough to cover a broad swath of talent. For instance, if Gaiman’s statement that the director has won ‘many, many Oscars’ is to be taken literally then the field is limited to filmmakers who have won ‘Best Director’ several times. Like, more than two. That limits the field to just three men: John Ford (4 wins), William Wyler (3 wins) and Frank Capra (3 wins). And incidentally, they’re all dead. Directors with two wins are slightly more common, and include such (living) filmmakers as Oliver Stone, Milos Forman, Clint Eastwood and Steven Spielberg. All of whom would make excellent, or at least interesting choices to adapt the material.


He also seems to indicate that the director is a cinematographer, and none of those filmmakers are particularly known for doing both jobs. The number of cinematographers (living) with multiple wins, or two at any rate, include Robert Richardson (The Aviator, JFK), Janusz Kaminski (Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan), and John Toll (Braveheart, Legends of the Fall). Of the three, only Kaminski has directed feature films, although his efforts – the Winona Ryder horror flick Lost Souls and the relatively unknown Hania – may not qualify him to be a ‘genius.’


Gaiman is not a Hollywood type, despite his multiple forays into the industry, and may be equating the director ‘winning Oscars’ with their movies ‘winning Oscars,’ which opens up the field considerably. A little too much, honestly. Ron Howard, James Cameron, Peter Jackson, Martin Scorsese, Rob Marshall, Roman Polanski, Steven Soderbergh, Ridley Scott, Ang Lee, Sam Mendes, Robert Zemeckis, Woody Allen, Kevin Costner, Mel Gibson… all possibilities, although we’re not putting any money down on Woody Allen, personally. Of that group only Steven Soderbergh and James Cameron do much of their own camerawork, but Cameron’s busy with his Avatar trilogy and Soderbergh just announced that he’s retiring from the business altogether, so taking on a new project now is unlikely. Crap. This is perplexing.

Crave Online will return with the solution to this tantalizing tease once we uncover the mystery… or when somebody just announces it.


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