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Amazon to adapt Neil Gaiman novel

Amazon Studios has ordered an adaptation of the novel Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman (Good Omens) to premiere on Amazon Prime Video worldwide.

Neil Gaiman

The six-episode series will start shooting in Scotland later this year and follows Charlie Nancy, a seemingly normal man who discovers his late estranged father was the trickster god of stories, and that he has a brother who is determined to shake up his life.

Gaiman is executive producer along with series writer Lenny Henry, who also narrated the audiobook, Good Omens director Douglas Mackinnon, director Hanelle M Culpepper, Hilary Bevan Jones of the UK’s Endor Productions and Richard Fee for Red Production Company. Paul Frift is producing.

The show is being produced by Amazon Studios, The Blank Corporation, Endor Productions and Red Production Company. The deal is part of Gaiman’s adaptation deal with Amazon which previously led to fantasty comedy-drama Good Omens.

Mackinnon said: “I’m thrilled that we get to take the story of Anansi Boys from page to screen with the creative powers of Neil and Lenny, as well as an extraordinary group of other writers, directors, and a cast and crew of so many diverse perspectives alongside us. We’ll be shooting in brand new studios in Scotland where we’ll have the most cutting-edge CGI technology in the world to make all the magic and wonder of Anansi Boys come to life.”

In related news, Amazon Studios and Prime Video have commissioned a second season of docuseries Clarkson’s Farm, which launched in June. The show sees former Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson spend a year on his Cotswolds farm trying his hand at everything from buying a tractor to rearing sheep. Filming on season two has already begun.

Clarkson’s Farm is produced by UK prodcos Expectation and Con Dao Productions for Amazon Studios. Executive producing are Peter Fincham and Clarkson’s longtime collaborator Andy Wilman and the series director is Will Yapp.

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