Neil Gaiman's American Gods and Anansi Boys TV updates

News Louisa Mellor
4 Feb 2014 - 07:32

The American Gods adaptation has moved from HBO to FremantleMedia and Anansi Boys is coming to UK television...

Neil Gaiman fans have been following the treacle-slow progress of HBO's American Gods adaptation for years now, and now, it looks as though the project might finally get motoring under another aegis.

HBO and sister company Cinemax officially passed on American Gods late last year, letting their option on the adaptation expire after the production of three different pilot scripts. Picking up the project is FremantleMedia with former Playtone producer Stefanie Berk, whom Gaiman describes as "determined to bring American Gods to the screen".

Bringing Gaiman's expansive, layered, myth-laden novel to television will be no mean feat, but with new blood pushing the project, the years-long promise of seeing Shadow, Wednesday and co. on television may finally be made good on. This is happy news.

Yet more happy news is that Anansi Boys, Gaiman's 2005 family legend novel is also being adapted for television, this time by UK production company, Red, for the BBC.

More news on both projects as it arrives.

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