Anansi Boys is about to land on Amazon. Prime Video announced on Wednesday that it has ordered a 6-episode limited series adapted from Neil Gaiman’s 2005 fantasy novel about Charlie Nancy and the mysterious spider, the twin brother and son of the West African liar god Anansi, whose name is Mr. Nancy his time on earth. Mr. Nancy is the common role of Gaiman’s American gods, previously adapted into the Starz and Prime Video series. But Amazon pointed out that Anansi Boys will be an independent story, not a spin-off or sequel to the American gods.
Gaiman will serve as the screenwriter, co-host and executive producer of Amazon’s adaptation of “Anansi Boys,” as part of his overall deal at Amazon Studios. Gaiman’s co-authors include Sir Lenny Henry, Arvind Ethan David, Kara Smith, and Racheal Ofori. Douglas McKinnon (Good Omens) will perform with Gaiman. Hanelle M. Culpepper (Star Trek: Picard) will direct the first episode of Anansi Boys. Germaine Julian (Grantchester) and Azul Salim (Doctor Who) will direct other episodes.
Henry, Mackinnon, Culpepper, Hilary Bevan Jones (Endor Productions) and Richard Fee (Red Production Company) are executive producers. Paul Frift will produce it. Anansi Boys will be produced by Amazon Studios, The Blank Corporation, Endor Productions and RED Production Company. Filming of the six-part Anansi Boys will begin in Scotland later in 2021.
For more than a year, I have been hinting that I am making two major TV shows. Last month, we released “Good Omens 2”.
This is another clue as to what might be… pic.twitter.com/0x4HaZWS9s
— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) July 21, 2021
In a prepared statement, Gaiman said: “The Anansi Boys began around 1996, starting from a conversation between me and Lenny Henry, about writing a diverse story and a culture that we all like. I wrote a novel, a (I hope) a joyous and interesting book about a dead god and his two sons, about birds, ghosts, beasts, and police, based on stories from the Caribbean and Africa This was my first “New York Times” bestseller, which later became a well-loved and award-winning book.
“The Anansi Boys has been a TV series for a long time-I started working with Endor and Red to produce it for the first time more than ten years ago. We need Amazon Prime to join and accept our vision, we need someone who owns Hanelle The chief director of Culpepper’s skills and vision, we need Douglas Mackinnon’s creative and technical wizards (he figured out how we can push the boundaries) to shoot a story around the world in a huge studio on the outskirts of Edinburgh), we need Amazing talent that no one else knows.
“I’m very happy that Sir Lanny Henry became one of our executive producers. He was there when he was conceived, he told audiobooks, and he has kept the core of the production. We are trying to make one with Anansi Boys. Plant a new show, and use this as a breakthrough to produce something that can be celebrated and rejoiced both in front of and behind the camera. I am very happy that it happened. People will see Mr. Nancy, Charlie and the spider, bird girl and other people.”
Henry added: “For more than 30 years, I have been a big fan of Neil Gaiman (and a friend who sleeps on the couch). I like to be part of the Anansi Boys creative team. I love that we will have a suitably diverse cast and staff. Come tell this joyful story! It’s great that the whole production process is listening and making sure that inclusion is happening and being seen.”
McKinnon said: “I am very happy that we can use the creativity of Neil and Lenny, as well as an extraordinary group of other writers, directors, actors and staff, to present the story of “Boys of Anansi” on the screen page by page. There are many different perspectives around us. We will be shooting in a brand new studio in Scotland, where we will have the most cutting-edge CGI technology in the world, bringing all the magic and miracles of Anansi Boys to life.”
Culpepper said: “There is nothing like Anansi Boys. This is a fascinating modern story wrapped in a unique and powerful myth from the black diaspora. I am very happy and honored to be with legends such as Neil Gaiman and Lenny Henry. The characters and other members of the incredible Anansi team work together, using new technology and new studios to create a wonderful performance in a way that has never been done before. As a director, this is a dream project for me.”
This is the official profile of Anansi Boys from Amazon:
Adapted from Gaiman’s novel of the same name, Anansi Boy tells of Charlie Nancy, a young man accustomed to the embarrassment of his alienated father. But when his father died, Charlie discovered that his father was Anansi: the god of stories. He learned that he had a brother. Now, his brother Spider is entering Charlie’s life, determined to make it more interesting, but also more dangerous.
Prime Video has not yet confirmed the release date of Anansi Boys.