Anansi Boys is coming to Amazon. Prime Video introduced Wednesday that it had ordered a six-episode restricted sequence adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s 2005 fantasy novel, about Charlie Nancy and the mysterious Spider, twin brothers and sons of the West African trickster god Anansi, who glided by the title Mr. Nancy throughout his time on Earth. Mr. Nancy is a shared character with Gaiman’s American Gods, beforehand tailored as a sequence on Starz and Prime Video. However Amazon notes that Anansi Boys can be a standalone story and will not be a spin-off or sequel to American Gods.
Gaiman will function author, co-showrunner, and govt producer on Amazon’s Anansi Boys adaptation, a part of his total deal at Amazon Studios. Gaiman’s co-writers embrace Sir Lenny Henry, Arvind Ethan David, Kara Smith, and Racheal Ofori. Douglas Mackinnon (Good Omens) will co-showrun with Gaiman. Hanelle M. Culpepper (Star Trek: Picard) will direct the primary episode of Anansi Boys. Jermain Julien (Grantchester) and Azhur Saleem (Physician Who) will direct different episodes.
Henry, Mackinnon, Culpepper, Hilary Bevan Jones (Endor Productions) and Richard Charge (Crimson Manufacturing Firm) are fellow govt producers. Paul Frift will produce. Anansi Boys can be a manufacturing of Amazon Studios, The Clean Company, Endor Productions, and RED Manufacturing Firm. Filming on the six-part Anansi Boys will start in Scotland later in 2021.
I have been hinting for, properly, over a yr now, that there are two large TV exhibits I am making. Final month, we introduced Good Omens 2.
This is a clue to what the opposite one could be… pic.twitter.com/0x4HaZWS9s
— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) July 21, 2021
In a ready assertion, Gaiman mentioned: “Anansi Boys started round 1996, from a dialog I had with Lenny Henry about writing a narrative that was numerous and a part of the tradition that we each liked. I wrote a novel, an (I hope) joyous and humorous e-book a few useless god and his two sons, about birds and ghosts and beasts and cops, based mostly in Caribbean and African tales. It was my first primary NYT Bestseller, and went on to turn into a beloved and award-winning e-book.
“Anansi Boys as a TV sequence has been a very long time coming — I first began working with Endor and Crimson on making it over a decade in the past. We would have liked Amazon Prime to come back on board and embrace our imaginative and prescient, we would have liked a lead director with the craft and imaginative and prescient of Hanelle Culpepper, we would have liked the inventive and technical wizardry of Douglas Mackinnon (who labored out how we might push the bounds of the attainable to shoot a narrative set all around the world in an enormous studio exterior Edinburgh), and we would have liked the remainder of the superb skills that no one is aware of about but.
“I’m thrilled that Sir Lenny Henry is certainly one of our govt producers. He was there when it was conceived, he narrated the audiobook and he has stored the center of the manufacturing true. We are attempting to make a brand new form of present with Anansi Boys, and to interrupt floor with it to make one thing that celebrates and rejoices in variety each in entrance of and behind the digital camera. I am so thrilled it is occurring, and that folks can be assembly Mr. Nancy, Charlie and Spider, the Chook Lady and the remainder of them.”
Henry added: “I have been an enormous fan (and sofa sleeping buddy) of Neil Gaiman’s for over 30 years and I’ve liked being part of the Anansi Boys inventive group. I like that we’ll have a suitably numerous solid and crew to inform this joyous story! What’s nice is that the entire manufacturing is listening and guaranteeing that inclusion is going on and is being seen to be completed.”
Mackinnon mentioned: “I am thrilled that we get to take the story of Anansi Boys from web page to display screen with the inventive powers of Neil and Lenny, in addition to a unprecedented group of different writers, administrators, and a solid and crew of so many numerous views alongside us. We’ll be taking pictures in model new studios in Scotland the place we’ll have essentially the most cutting-edge CGI expertise on the earth to make all of the magic and marvel of Anansi Boys come to life.”
Culpepper mentioned: “There’s nothing fairly like Anansi Boys, a compelling and modern story wrapped in distinctive and highly effective mythology from the Black diaspora. I am each excited and honoured to be working with legends like Neil Gaiman and Lenny Henry, together with the remainder of the unbelievable Anansi group, utilizing new expertise and new studios to create an excellent present in ways in which could not have been completed prior to now. It is a dream challenge for me as a director.”
This is the official synopsis for Anansi Boys from Amazon:
Primarily based on Gaiman’s novel of the identical title, Anansi Boys follows Charlie Nancy, a younger man who’s used to being embarrassed by his estranged father. However when his father dies, Charlie discovers that his father was Anansi: trickster god of tales. And he learns that he has a brother. Now his brother, Spider, is coming into Charlie’s life, decided to make it extra fascinating however making it much more harmful.
Prime Video has not set a launch date for Anansi Boys.