Neil Gaiman’s Anansi Boys Gets Series Order at Amazon

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Neil Gaiman’s Anansi Boys has been ordered to series at Amazon.

Gaiman announced the latest adaptation of his acclaimed work on Twitter. “I’ve been hinting for, well, over a year now, that there are two big TV shows I’m making. Last month, we announced Good Omens 2,” he wrote in a tweet offering “a clue” as to what his second project might be alongside a poster for the upcoming Anansi Boys adaptation on Amazon Prime.

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The Hollywood Reporter shared more details about the limited series, confirming that the streamer had given a six-episode order to the TV adaptation based on Gaiman’s 2005 fantasy novel of the same name. Casting is reportedly already underway, with plans in place to begin shooting in Scotland later this year, taking the story of Anansi Boys from page to screen.

It 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: 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.”

Despite Mr. Nancy appearing as a character in both Anansi Boys and Gaiman’s American Gods novel, Amazon has confirmed that the newly-announced adaptation is neither a sequel nor a spinoff to the recently cancelled Starz drama. The studio noted there is no connection between the two series, emphasizing that Anansi Boys will tell a standalone story.

“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,” Gaiman said in a statement. “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.”

Gaiman, who has an overall deal with Amazon Studios, will write and executive-produce Anansi Boys alongside Sir Lenny Henry, who narrated the audiobook. Douglas Mackinnon, Hanelle M. Culpepper, Hilary Bevan Jones, and Richard Fee will also serve as executive producers, with Gaiman and Mackinnon teaming up on the project as co-showrunners.

Arvind Ethan David, Kara Smith, and Racheal Ofori are on board as writers, and exec-producer Culpepper is said to be directing the pilot episode, with later episodes being helmed by Jermain Julien and Azhur Saleem. Paul Frift will be producing the Amazon Prime show, which does not yet have a premiere date.

In addition to Anansi Boys, Amazon recently renewed Good Omens for a second season and confirmed that both Michael Sheen and David Tennant will be reprising their respective roles as the angel Aziraphale and demon Crowley for the next chapter. That series will also be filmed in Scotland later this year.


Adele Ankers is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow her on Twitter.

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