American Gods creator and executive producer Neil Gaiman has added another television project to his workload. The author has partnered with The Jim Henson Company to bring The Storyteller back to television.
Gaiman -- the author of folklore-heavy books like Anansi Boys and Norse Mythology -- will help reimagine the classic '80s anthology series for a new generation. This is right up Gaiman's alley, as the original series focused on European folk tales and combined puppets and live actors to tell the stories. John Hurt portrayed the titular storyteller in the original series.
"The original The Storyteller was a brilliantly written, directed and told set of stories," Gaiman said in a statement. "It's a terrifying and inspiring task to reinvent what Jim Henson did for the golden age of television we are in right now, and I'm honored that The Jim Henson Company would entrust me with the task of bringing back the storyteller and his magical stories, and sending him out into the world for a whole new round of tales.”
Gaiman is preparing for the launch of Amazon's Good Omens adaptation, which he worked on as showrunner. He also worked closely with the team behind American Gods Season 2 for Starz.
Looking back at Gaiman's literary work, from The Sandman and Coraline to The Graveyard Book and Stardust, it is clear that Gaiman pulled much of his inspiration from classic fairy tales. Now, he has a chance to do it again for the rebooted The Storyteller.
Fremantle and The Jim Henson Company will produce The Storyteller with Neil Gaiman and Lisa Henson serving as executive producers. Blanca Lista will also executive produce.