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Anansi Boys: Amazon Studios announces a series adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s fantasy novel

Filmmaker Hanelle Culpepper will be directing the upcoming series

Sunidhi Prajapat
Jul 22, 2021
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Adding to its ever-growing catalogue, Amazon Studios has now announced a series adaptation of the novel Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman. The upcoming series will be directed by Hanelle Culpepper.

The story of this international best-selling book follows Charlie Nancy, who used to be embarrassed of his estranged father. While after the death of his dad, Charlie discovered that his father was Anansi, the trickster god of stories, and he also has a brother, who then enters his life to make it even more difficult.

Anansi Boys is the first number one NYT bestselling novel of Gaiman that went on to become a beloved and award-winning book. Talking about the story, the novelist said in a statement that Anansi Boys began in 1996, from a conversation between him and Lenny Henry about writing something which is diverse. “I wrote a novel, a joyous and funny book about a dead god and his two sons, about birds and ghosts and beasts and cops, based in Caribbean and African tales,” he said.

Neil Gaiman

Filmmaker Culpepper mentioned in a statement that Anansi Boys is a compelling story wrapped in unique and powerful mythology from the Black diaspora. Hanelle said he felt excited as well as honoured to be working with Gaiman for the highly-anticipated upcoming project. The filmmaker also added that Anansi Boys is a dream project for her.

One of the executive producers, Sir Lenny Henry said in a statement that he has been following the works of Gaiman for over 30 years and he is a huge fan. The show will exclusively premiere on Amazon Prime Video. The cast is yet to be finalised.

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