Long considered a fantasy novel masterpiece, American Gods will always be considered Neil Gaiman’s magnus opus (at least according to this site). It is a novel ripe for cinematic expansion, and per Variety:
Starz is moving forward with plans for a series adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s 2001 novel “American Gods,” to be shepherded by Bryan Fuller and Michael Green. Fuller and Green are writing the adaptation and will serve as showrunners and exec producers. Gaiman will also exec produce for FremantleMedia North America. Starz said series production would be begin once producers land their leading man for the role of Shadow Moon in the saga about a war between traditional gods from mythology and contemporary, materialistic deities.
Utilizing a rather refreshing take on the the proverbial “Old Gods vs. New Gods” narrative, Gaiman’s American Gods infuses a 21st century sensibility into the story: the New Gods manifest in the forms of technology, fame, and lust. Throughout the novel, the altar of worship is constantly re-birthed and challenged. Not only does it trace the historical narrative of religious worship, it also expounds on the social paradigm that drives most religions: popularity. Here’s hoping the jump to the small screen makes the wait worthwhile.