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“Anansi Boys”, the 2005 fantasy spin-off novel from “American Gods” by Neil Gaiman, is being adapted into a six-episode television series from Amazon Studios. “Anansi Boys” follows Charlie Nancy, a young man who is used to being embarrassed by his estranged father. But when his father dies, Charlie discovers that his father was Anansi: trickster god of stories. And he learns that he has a brother. Now his brother, Spider, is entering Charlie’s life, determined to make it more interesting but making it a lot more dangerous.
The show is produced by Amazon Studios, The Blank Corporation, Endor Productions and Red Production Company. Studiocanal-owned Red and Endor previously have attempted to adapt the book for the BBC.
Gaiman, Sir Lenny Henry, Douglas Mackinnon, Hanelle M. Culpepper, Hilary Bevan Jones and Richard Fee are executive producers. Gaiman and Henry will write along with Arvind Ethan David, Kara Smith and Racheal Ofori. Gaiman and Mackinnon will serve as co-showrunners. Culpepper (“Star Trek: Picard”) will direct the pilot. Jermain Julien (“Grantchester”) and Azhur Saleem (“Doctor Who”) also are directing for the series. Paul Frift will produce.