Neil Gaiman's Anansi Boys Is Becoming an Amazon Series (Without Orlando Jones)

Despite sputtering out in the two seasons before its cancellation after season three, Starz’s live-action American Gods adaptation was one of the network’s first impressive feats of genre storytelling that, at least initially, had the promise of paving the way for more stories in a world where gods and monsters walked among mortals and, occasionally, went to war.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Orlando Jones, who portrayed Anansi on American Gods’ first two seasons, will not be reprising the role.In a blog post about the new series, Gaiman recalled how the idea that would eventually become Mr.
Though Gaiman initially set out to write a horror film telling the story about two Black brothers whose father was a deity, his ideas were eventually incorporated into American Gods’ Mr.
Gaiman explained how, after penning Anansi Boys—a standalone novel with connections to American Gods that explored the lives of Anansi and his sons Fat Charlie and Spider—there was some interest from an unnamed director who wanted to secure the rights for an adaptation.
“Somewhere around 2016 I agreed to work on it to help it get made, but we all knew that we would have to be patient as I was writing and making Good Omens,” Gaiman said.
“Amazon had loved making Good Omens, and were blown away by the viewing figures and reaction to it, and wanted to make more things with me, so Endor [Productons] and RED now had a place to make it for.”

In addition to co-showrunning with Douglas Mackinnon, Gaiman will write the first and last of Anansi Boys’ six episodes.
Though it would have been great to see Starz’s live-action Anansi live on in American Gods’ spiritual successor, a clean break from the other series could give the new series a chance to properly reintroduce itself to audiences—presenting the story it’s based on as its own tale worth diving into when the show eventually hits Amazon Prime.

1 week, 1 day ago by Masoumeh Shafiei
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