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Adaptation Watch: ANANSI BOYS by Neil Gaiman Optioned for Film

BBC News is reporting that Anansi Boys, Neil Gaiman’s 2005 fantasy novel, is being adapted into a BBC TV miniseries. Not much is known about how this is going to play out, but Gaiman is optimistic that the production company, Red, will be truthful to the material.

Anansi Boys, which won a British Fantasy Award, is about the two sons of the African trickster god Anansi, both polar opposites and meeting for the first time.

Gaiman appears to be on an adaptation streak. In addition to the film adaptations of his novels Coraline and Stardust, both American Gods and his Sandman graphic novels also recently got picked up and are getting the adaptation treatment.

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2 Comments on Adaptation Watch: ANANSI BOYS by Neil Gaiman Optioned for Film

  1. Hopefully they’ll let the main character be black… I think Gaiman has talked before about a potential adaptation, but that the people involved had wanted to change the race–which makes no sense in a book based on ANANSI of all gods.

  2. Great news. I think this has loads of potential to be an excellent miniseries – can’t wait to see who they cast!

    @David H: I’m pretty sure I read somewhere that Gaiman had been holding out for someone who would adapt the book and was not interested in changing the characters race. I’d imagine that’s one thing Red was keen to agree with.

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