If you’re a fan of Neil Gaiman, looking to encounter his beloved work in new formats, things are looking up. Gaiman’s work has been adapted occasionally in the past, Coraline most recently, as well as Stardust a few years back, but they have been until this year, relatively rare. Now, though, we know that three adaptations of Gaiman’s work are under way.
We’ve got the Joseph Gordon-Levitt adaptation of sprawling comicbook Sandman under our watch here at The Stake.
Yesterday, BBC announced that they’d be making a television mini-series from Gaiman’s 2005 novel Anansi Boys, the tale of two young men who discover they are 1) brothers and 2) children of the African Spider-God Anansi. The show is being developed by production house Red, which told BBC that Anansi Boys is in “very early development.”
Gaiman, for his part, is “thrilled” at the news.
But more exciting than Anansi Boys, in my humble opinion, is the news that Neil Gaiman’s masterpiece American Gods has been freed from the failed adaptation by HBO, and is now being developed by Fremantle Media. Gaiman himself is attached as a producer.
American Gods tells the story of an ex-con and his encounters with the world of forgotten deities, still roaming the earth attempting to return to power. It is, to put it mildly, a brilliant story and one that, in the right hands, could become a long-form television program unlike any I’ve seen.
American Gods is also in the announcement phase, so there’s little news to report beyond the development plans. But we know HBO was unhappy with the script Gaiman delivered, so it’s exciting to see him get another chance to make the show he wants. Let’s hope it works out.