There is at least one character from American gods which survived the show’s recent cancellation. A few months ago, news broke about Starz ending the series after season three. Now someone else has chosen one of the American Gods characters because Amazon has just ordered that of Neil Gaiman Anansi boys adaptation (via SuperHype). In American gods, Anansi – or Mr. Nancy – is the West African trickster god represented by Orlando Jones. Production on the six-part series will begin in Scotland later this year and the story will follow the adventures of Mr. Nancy’s sons. Amazon is not presenting the upcoming show as a spin-off, although the two stories will share at least one character.
“Anansi boys as a TV series, it’s been a long time since I started working with Endor and Red to direct it over ten years ago, ”Gaiman said in a press release. “We needed Amazon Prime to join us and embrace our vision, we needed a lead director with Hanelle Culpepper’s craft and vision, we needed the creative and technical magic of Douglas Mackinnon (who figured out how we could push the boundaries of what’s possible to shoot a story set around the world in a huge studio outside of Edinburgh), and we needed the rest of the amazing talent that no one else knows about.
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Gaiman and Sir Lenny Henry will write for the series with Arvind Ethan David, Kara Smith and Racheal Ofori. The project will see Gaiman, Henry, Douglas Mackinnon, Hanelle M. Culpepper, Hilary Bevan Jones (Endor Productions) and Richard Fee (Red Production Company) as executive producers. Gaiman and Mackinnon will also be co-showrunners.
The description of Gaiman Anansi boys bed :
“Fat Charlie Nancy’s normal life came to an end when her father fell dead on a karaoke stage in Florida. Charlie didn’t know his father was a god. And he never knew he had a brother. Now Brother Spider is on his doorstep, about to make Fat Charlie’s life more interesting. . . and much more dangerous.
Amazon has yet to announce an official release date for the series.
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