Anansi Boys is coming to Amazon. Prime Video introduced Wednesday that it had ordered a six-episode restricted collection 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 identify Mr. Nancy throughout his time on Earth. Mr. Nancy is a shared character with Gaiman’s American Gods, beforehand tailored as a collection on Starz and Prime Video. But Amazon notes that Anansi Boys will likely be a standalone story and will not be a spin-off or sequel to American Gods.
Gaiman will function author, co-showrunner, and government 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 (Doctor Who) will direct different episodes.
Henry, Mackinnon, Culpepper, Hilary Bevan Jones (Endor Productions) and Richard Fee (Red Production Company) are fellow government producers. Paul Frift will produce. Anansi Boys will likely be a manufacturing of Amazon Studios, The Blank Corporation, Endor Productions, and RED Production Company. Filming on the six-part Anansi Boys will start in Scotland later in 2021.
I’ve been hinting for, properly, over a yr now, that there are two huge TV reveals I’m making. Last month, we introduced Good Omens 2.
Here’s a clue to what the opposite one is likely to 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 various and a part of the tradition that we each liked. I wrote a novel, an (I hope) joyous and humorous ebook 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 develop into a beloved and award-winning ebook.
“Anansi Boys as a TV collection has been a very long time coming — I first began working with Endor and Red on making it over a decade in the past. We wanted Amazon Prime to come 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 may 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 one in all our government producers. He was there when it was conceived, he narrated the audiobook and he has stored the guts of the manufacturing true. We are attempting to make a brand new sort of present with Anansi Boys, and to break floor with it to make one thing that celebrates and rejoices in range each in entrance of and behind the digicam. I’m so thrilled it is occurring, and that individuals will likely be assembly Mr. Nancy, Charlie and Spider, the Bird Woman and the remainder of them.”
Henry added: “I’ve been an enormous fan (and sofa sleeping good friend) of Neil Gaiman’s for over 30 years and I’ve liked being part of the Anansi Boys inventive staff. I like that we’re going to have a suitably various 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’m thrilled that we get to take the story of Anansi Boys from web page to display 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 various views alongside us. We’ll be taking pictures in model new studios in Scotland the place we’ll have probably the most cutting-edge CGI expertise on the earth to make all of the magic and surprise of Anansi Boys come to life.”
Culpepper mentioned: “There’s nothing fairly like Anansi Boys, a compelling and up to date story wrapped in distinctive and highly effective mythology from the Black diaspora. I’m each excited and honored to be working with legends like Neil Gaiman and Lenny Henry, together with the remainder of the unbelievable Anansi staff, utilizing new expertise and new studios to create an important present in ways in which could not have been completed prior to now. This is a dream challenge for me as a director.”
Here’s the official synopsis for Anansi Boys from Amazon:
Based on Gaiman’s novel of the identical identify, Anansi Boys follows Charlie Nancy, a younger man who’s used to being embarrassed by his estranged father. But 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 getting into Charlie’s life, decided to make it extra attention-grabbing however making it much more harmful.
Prime Video has not set a launch date for Anansi Boys.