Overshadowed by Monday’s announcement that FreemantleMedia picked up the film rights to Neil Gaiman’s American Gods is news from none other than the author himself that his Anansi Boys is being developed as a BBC miniseries.
There are no details, other than it’s being produced by RED, the U.K. company behind such television series as Queer as Folk, Bedlam and Blood.
“Yes, I’m really thrilled about both of these things,” Gaiman wrote on his blog, referring to American Gods and Anansi Boys. “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.”
Released in 2005, Anansi Boys is a follow-up of sorts to American Gods, centering on Fat Charlie Nancy, who attends the funeral of his estranged father to discover he was a human form of the trickster god Anansi. What’s more, Charlie learns he has a brother named Spider, who inherited some of their dad’s abilities.
Adapted in 2007 as a BBC radio play, Anansi Boys was being developed for film as recently as 2010. However, in 2011 Gaiman revealed a TV miniseries was more likely.