Gaiman books headed for TV

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ANANSI Boys and Amer­i­can Gods by Neil Gaiman have been op­tioned for TV adap­ta­tions, each on a dif­fer­ent side of the At­lantic. Set af­ter Amer­i­can Gods, Anansi Boys has a mild-man­nered English ac­coun­tant dis­cov­er­ing that he is ac­tu­ally brother to Spi­der, a stylish and out­go­ing in­her­i­tor of godly pow­ers.

The sib­lings are re­united af­ter their fa­ther’s death and Char­lie soon has to deal with the un­ex­pected and fan­tas­ti­cal events that fol­low Spi­der’s in­tro­duc­tion to his Lon­don life.

It’s be­ing made into a minis­eries for the BBC un­der the guid­ance of pro­duc­tion com­pany Red, which has Last Tango In Halifax, <p>File­name :

Bob & Rose and Queer As Folk on its credit roll.

Amer­i­can Gods, mean­while, is to visit the United States un­der the guid­ance of Free­mantleMe­dia, the com­pany be­hind Amer­i­can Idol, Amer­ica’s Got Tal­ent and The Tomorrow Peo­ple.

The orig­i­nal novel sees Amer­ica’s im­mi­grants bring­ing an­cient deities and mytho­log­i­cal be­ings with them, who find them­selves chal­lenged by a range of newer gods based on mod­ern cul­tural and tech­no­log­i­cal val­ues.

Gaiman judged Free­man­tle to have a trick­ier as­sign­ment, “as they are go­ing to have to open up Amer­i­can Gods into some­thing big­ger than the book,” while Anansi Boys ap­pears to be des­tined for a more lit­eral in­ter­pre­ta­tion – “an ab­so­lutely bril­liant faith­ful ver­sion,” he said. Amer­i­can Gods won mul­ti­ple ac­co­lades, in­clud­ing the Hugo, Ne­bula and Lo­cus awards. – AFP Re­laxnews

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