Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere: new TV series in development

The Hunger Games' Francis Lawrence is linked to a new Neverwhere TV series, adapted from Neil Gaiman and Lenny Henry's original...

Here’s another one to add to the already impressively long list of Neil Gaiman adaptations currently in development: a new TV version of Neverwhere is reportedly in the works.

Deadline is reporting that US movie and TV producer Mark Gordon has joined forces with The Hunger Games director Francis Lawrence on two new television projects, one of which is to be a new version of Neil Gaiman and Lenny Henry’s Neverwhere.

Gordon and Lawrence’s second newly announced venture is a TV adaptation of House Of Thieves, a mystery novel by Charles Belfoure.

The new Neverwhere series is being touted as an adaptation of Gaiman and Henry’s 1996 six-part BBC series (feat. Peter Capaldi with a luxuriant bouffant), which arguably came a few years too early for the budgets and special effects to live up to its vast and vivid imagination. The London Below-set series was followed by the publication of Gaiman’s novel.

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BBC Radio 4 listeners were treated not too long ago to a lush audio adaptation featuring James McAvoy, Natalie Dormer and Benedict Cumberbatch, courtesy of radio drama legend Dirk Maggs. If this new version gets off the ground, it’ll have a hard job besting the cast in that radio version.

While we’re on the subject of potential cast for the roles of Richard, Door, the Angel Islington and more, would anyone care to share their personal wish-list?

SciFi Now / Deadline