More Neil Gaiman-related entertainment is typically welcome news in these parts of the ‘net. As it stands, we’ve got the upcoming Sandman series, and a second season for the delightful Good Omens. And now, happy tidings for all those who were sad to see American Gods go too soon. Gaiman’s 2005 novel Anansi Boys will spawn its own television project by way of Amazon. We caught the news via a press release from Amazon. According to release, this new project is a long time in the making. The program will span six episodes, and will begin shooting in Scotland at some point in 2021.
Fans of the novel know that Anansi Boys tells the story of Charles Nancy, mortal-ish son of trickster god Anansi. (Better known in some circles as Mr. Nancy.) Though American Gods fans will recognize that name, the press release underlines the fact that the two series will not connect. Orlando Jones played Mr. Nancy on the aforementioned Starz series; according to The Hollywood Reporter, Jones will not embody the part on the Amazon show. In fact, it sounds like we shouldn’t expect any canonical crossover whatsoever.
Instead, the story will center on the younger Nancy finding out the truth of his origins; per the plotline of the novel, the milquetoast Charlie will forge a connection with his estranged brother Spider. Where the go from there gets, as you may expect, wily and colorful. Per Variety, Delroy Lindo will play Anansi/Mr. Nancy in the series.
At present, we don’t have any word on casting for Charlie, Spider, or any other characters. However, we do know who’ll be filling out the creative team behind the scenes. Gaiman will serve as showrunner alongside Douglas Mackinnon. Writers include Gaiman, Sir Lenny Henry, Arvind Ethan David, Kara Smith, and Racheal Ofori. As for directors, we have names like Jermain Julien of Grandchester fame and Doctor Who’s Azhur Saleem.
Originally published on July 21, 2021.