‘Anansi Boys’ is a fantasy novel written by English author Neil Gaiman. It exists in the same literary universe as the novel ‘American Gods.’ The plot follows “Mr. Nancy, an incarnation of the West African trickster god Anansi. He dies, leaving twin sons, who in turn discover one another’s existence after being separated as young children. The novel follows their adventures as they explore their common heritage,” according to a synopsis on Wikipedia.
Amazon Studios has announced that they are adapting the novel into a six-part miniseries that is to be filmed in Scotland. They made the announcement on their website.
“Amazon Studios today announced that it has ordered a series adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s international best-selling novel Anansi Boys,” they wrote. “Anansi Boys will premiere exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in more than 240 countries and territories worldwide. The six episode limited series will begin shooting in Scotland later this year.”
Amazon continued, “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.”
They also released a promotional image along with the announcement.
Hanelle M. Culpepper will serve as an executive producer as well as direct the pilot episode.
Gaiman, who is also serving as an executive producer and showrunner, expressed his enthusiasm for the project.
“Anansi Boys began around 1996, from a conversation I had with Lenny Henry about writing a story that was diverse and part of the culture that we both loved,” he explained. “I wrote a novel, an (I hope) joyous and funny book about a dead god and his two sons, about birds and ghosts and beasts and cops, based in Caribbean and African tales. It was my first number one NYT Bestseller, and went on to become a beloved and award winning book.”
Gaiman added, “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.”
The series has yet to receive a release date.
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