Neil Gaiman’s short stories coming to TV with Likely Stories

Four of Neil Gaiman’s short stories will be made for Sky Arts

Neil Gaiman

There’s a lot of good news for Neil Gaiman fans at the moment, and it just keeps on coming. The Guardian reports that Sky Arts is turning four of the author’s short stories into a TV series to be called Likely Stories.

There’s no word as of yet as to which stories will be adapted, but we’re very excited by the filmmaking talent behind it: Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard. Forsyth and Pollard are the directors of the absolutely superb Nick Cave documentary 20,000 Days On Earth, and their mission statement is to “cross the illusion of cinema with the presence of theatre, conjuring a psychological, conceptual and physical state between reality and hallucination.” Which works.

The Guardian’s digging seems to have met something of a secrecy wall, as production company Sid Gentle Films stated that the show is based on “the fantastical shorts stories from the pen of Neil Gaiman” and “There will be an ensemble cast across all four of these tales.” So, scarce details then.

To recap the state of Gaiman adaptations, we’ve got Bryan Fuller’s American Gods TV series coming from Starz, The Sandman movie from Joseph Gordon-Levitt and David S Goyer, a film of his children’s novel Fortunately, The Milk from Edgar Wright and Bret McKenzie and starring Johnny Depp, and the promise of a BBC TV series based on Anansi Boys. Furthermore, his brilliant short story How To Talk To Girls At Parties is currently filming with Elle Fanning and Nicole Kidman, directed by John Cameron Mitchell.

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