Anansi Boys TV show confirmed by BBC and Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman’s Anansi Boys miniseries coming from the BBC, American Gods moves to Fremantle

neil-gaimanNeil Gaiman’s Anansi Boys has been confirmed as a miniseries by the BBC, while the American Gods series has left HBO and been taken up by Fremantle Media.

BBC News confirmed the announcement which had been made by the author on his blog, where he also revealed that HBO had let their option on American Gods pass, and that Fremantle Media had snapped up the opportunity to turn the beloved novel into a TV series.

“Yes, I’m really thrilled about both of these things. Freemantle has the harder task, as they are going to have to open up American Gods into something bigger than the book.

Red are just going to have to make an absolutely brilliant faithful version of Anansi Boys.”

Gaiman definitely sounds upbeat about the American Gods situation, stating that “As to where you will be able to see it, who is going to be in it, who will be writing or show-running, none of these things have yet been settled. But it already looks like it’s going to be a smoother run developing it than it had at HBO, so I am very pleased.”

The Guardian asked Red for comment on Anansi Boys, who could only reveal that they were “very excited… we are in very early development with Neil at the moment.”

Anansi Boys follows the two sons of African spider-god Anansi, one of whom has no idea of his heritage and has his life turned upside down when his cocky, previously unknown brother comes to stay.

You can buy Anansi Boys in paperback for £6.29 at Amazon.co.uk.