The Anansi Boys adaptation is another addition to an ever growing list of recent Neil Gaiman stories being taken to the screen. This book is following the footsteps of Good Omens which was also made into a miniseries for Prime Video. The success of that project definitely has fans excited to see what they’re going to do with Anansi Boys. A strong cast only added to the anticipation for this series, which should be coming soon.
This book is interesting in that it’s classified as a sequel to American Gods but it is not a follow up to that story. It simply takes place in the same universe and has a few characters carry over.
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This page was updated: 7/30/23
About The Book:
Fat Charlie Nancy’s normal life ended the moment his father dropped dead on a Florida karaoke stage. Charlie didn’t know his dad was a god. And he never knew he had a brother.
Now brother Spider’s on his doorstep — about to make Fat Charlie’s life more interesting…and a lot more dangerous.
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Current Production Status:
Picture-lock as of June 2023.
Anansi Boys Adaptation Timeline:
The book was first released in 2005 and debuted at number one on the New York Times Best Seller List.
In 2014 an Anansi Boys adaptation at the BBC was reported but it never made it to production.
After silence on the project for many years it was announced in May 2020 that Prime Video was developing a miniseries. A year later in July 2021 it Amazon gave it a 6 episode miniseries order with Neil Gaiman acting as a co-showrunner and executive producer, as well as writing the series. Later that month the first casting of Delroy Lindo was announced. That fall the other leads were announced and casting continued through the beginning of filming.
Filming began in November 2021 and ran through May 2022. In April it was announced that Whoopi Goldberg has joined the cast. Neil Gaiman confirmed in June 2022 that filming had finished and the project had moved into post-production.
In June 2023 Gaiman mentioned that the series had recently gone into picture-lock, despite the fact that he had not been able to give his final thoughts because of the writer’s strike.
Who Owns The Rights:
Amazon Studios and The Blank Corporation (Neil Gaiman’s production company) are co-producing with Prime Video handling distribution of the series.
Who Is Attached:
Delroy Lindo, Malachi Kirby, Whoopi Goldberg, Fiona Shaw, Jason Watkins, CCH Pounder, and L. Scott Caldwell have all been added to the cast.
The series was filmed in Scotland using a production studio in Edinburgh.
Wrapping filming in May 2022 makes a 2023 release likely. Post-production is expected to take a while so it may get pushed to 2024.
Previous mentions on AiLL:
Other Adaptations From This Author:
‘American Gods’, a sort of companion novel to Anansi Boys, ran for three seasons on Starz. It was even nominated for two Emmys.
‘Good Omens’, which he wrote with Terry Pratchett, was released as a miniseries on Prime Video. It was nominated for three Emmys and renewed for a second season.
‘The Sandman’, which might be Neil Gaiman’s most anticipated adaptation, will be releasing on Netflix in early April. For more info on this, check out this blog post.
‘The Ocean at the End of the Lane’ and ‘The Graveyard Book’ are also in various early stages of development.
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Anansi Boys Adaptation: Everything We Know So Far
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