Based on Neil Gaiman’s novel, the six-part limited series Anansi Boys will begin filming in Scotland later this year
From the Amazon announcement:
Based on Gaiman’s novel of the same name, 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: 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 are both executive producers and writers (along with many others). Amazon also confirms Anansi Boys is a stand-alone story, not a sequel or spin-off of Gaiman’s novel American Gods.
The book’s story was originally developed in conversation between Gaiman and Henry with the series adaptation reuniting the collaboration between the pair. Gaiman and Henry were both involved in the creation of the seminal work Neverwhere.
Gaiman has a lot to say about the new show, including:
“I am thrilled that Sir Lenny Henry is one of our executive producers. He was there when it was conceived, he narrated the audiobook and he has kept the heart of the production true.”
In his turn, Henry said:
“I’ve been a huge fan (and couch sleeping friend) of Neil Gaiman’s for over 30 years and I have loved being a part of the Anansi Boys creative team. I love that we’re going to have a suitably diverse cast and crew to tell this joyous story! What’s great is that the whole production is listening and ensuring that inclusion is happening and is being seen to be done.”
There’s a lot more in the press release. We’ll keep you posted as production proceeds.