Neil Gaiman's 'Anasi Boys' Is Being Turned into a Series: 'It's Been a Long Time Coming'
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In the past, author Neil Gaiman has been reluctant to bring his own work to the screen, saying in a GQ interview, "I always say no to adapting my own stuff. People get grumpy with me, because they think I should be adapting my stuff. And I go, 'Well… I already wrote it once. I already wrote the book.'"
It seems he's changed his stance on the matter, having brought his and co-author Terry Pratchett's Good Omens to the screen, starring Anglo favorites David Tennant and Michael Sheen.
It's just been announced that he's doing it again, with the 2005 novel Anasi Boys heading to Amazon Prime, reports Deadline. But, he's not doing it alone. Gaiman will be writing the six-part series with comedian/actor/writer (that's a lot of slashes) Sir Lenny Henry.
The story revolves around a young boy named Charlie Nancy. According to the description, he and his father are estranged. But, even when they do get together, his dad goes out of his way to embarrass him. When Charlie's dad passes way, he learns his father had an alter ego he didn't know about: he was also Anasi, trickster god of stories. He also discovers that he has a brother that he never knew about, who goes by Spider.
When Spider enters his life, it becomes "more interesting," but also "a lot more dangerous."
According to Deadline, Mr. Nancy also appears in American Gods, but Anasi Boys is a standalone series vs. a spinoff.
It appears this has been on Gaiman's mind for a while, with him saying, “Anansi Boys as a TV series has been a long time coming — I first started working with Endor and Red (production companies) on making it over a decade ago."
What's been going on the past ten years? Gaiman elaborates, sharing what goes into bringing a novel to screen: "We needed Amazon Prime to come on board and embrace our vision, we needed a lead director with the craft and vision of Hanelle Culpepper, we needed the creative and technical wizardry of Douglas Mackinnon, who worked out how we could push the bounds of the possible to shoot a story set all over the world in a huge studio outside Edinburgh, and we needed the rest of the amazing talents that nobody knows about yet."
We love that he shared the behind-the-scenes on TV making, but he did hold back a little bit, not revealing the "amazing talents" we can look for in the roles.
Are you looking forward to more of Neil Gaiman's work heading to the screen?