O Amazon Studios announced that it has commissioned a serial adaptation of the international bestselling novel by Neil Gaiman, anansi boys. The production will debut exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in more than 240 countries and territories. The six-episode limited series will begin filming in Scotland later this year.
based on the novel the children of anansi of Gaiman, anansi boys Follow 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 cheating god of stories. And he finds out he has a brother. Now his brother Spider is entering Charlie's life, determined to make it more interesting but also much more dangerous.
Gaiman, Sir Lenny Henry, Douglas Mackinnon, Hanelle M. Culpepper, Hilary Bevan Jones and Richard Fee are the executive producers. Gaiman and Henry will also write for the series along with Arvind Ethan David, Kara Smith and Rachel Ofori. Gaiman and Mackinnon will serve as co-showrunners. Culpepper (Star Trek: Picard; The Last Days of Ptolemy Gray) will direct the pilot. Jermain Julien (Grantchester) and Azhur Saleem (Doctor Who) will also direct the series. Paul Frift will produce.
anansi boys is a stand-alone story, not a sequel or spin-off to the novel. American Gods of Gaiman. The book's story was originally developed in a conversation between Gaiman and Henry with the series adaptation bringing together the collaboration between the duo.
Said Gaiman:anansi boys started around 1996 from a conversation I had with Lenny Henry about writing a story that was diverse and part of the culture we both love. I wrote a novel, a lighthearted and funny (I hope) book about a dead god and his two sons, about birds and ghosts and beasts and police, based on Caribbean and African tales. It was my first number one NYT bestseller, and it went on to become a beloved and award-winning book.”
The show is produced by Amazon Studios, The Blank Corporation, Endor Productions and RED Production Company. With this announcement, Amazon Studios continues its relationship with Gaiman, who has a general agreement with the studio.