While Staz may have ended American Gods far too soon, fans of Neil Gaiman are continuing to stay well fed. Today Amazon Studios has officially announced their series order for his internationally best-selling novel Anansi Boys.
The series will premiere six episodes exclusively on Amazon Prime Video. It shoots in Scotland later this year, so you know it’ll be gorgeous.
Anansi Boys follows Charlie Nancy, a young man who is used to being embarrassed by his estranged father. But when his father dies, Charlie discovers that his father was Anansi: the trickster god of stories. And he learns that he has a brother. Now his brother, Spider, is entering Charlie’s life, determined to make it more interesting but making it a lot more dangerous.
Gaiman and Sir Lenny Henry will write for the series along with Arvind Ethan David, Kara Smith, and Racheal Ofori. Anansi Boys is an actual stand-alone story, not a sequel or spin-off of Gaiman’s novel American Gods. Although, they do share characters.
This isn’t Gaiman’s first foray with Amazon Studios. The author is locked into an overall deal with the studio, so don’t expect this to be their last collaboration.
Here’s what Neil had to say about the upcoming adaptation:
Anansi Boys as a TV series has been a long time coming — I first started working with Endor and Red on making it over a decade ago. We needed Amazon Prime to come on board and embrace our vision, we needed a lead director with the craft and vision of Hanelle Culpepper, we needed the creative and technical wizardry of Douglas Mackinnon (who worked out how we could push the bounds of the possible to shoot a story set all over the world in a huge studio outside Edinburgh), and we needed the rest of the amazing talents that nobody knows about yet.
We are trying to make a new kind of show with Anansi Boys and to break ground with it to make something that celebrates and rejoices in diversity both in front of and behind the camera. I’m so thrilled it’s happening and that people will be meeting Mr. Nancy, Charlie and Spider, the Bird Woman and the rest of them.
Check out the first poster
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