The six-episode limited series will begin shooting in Scotland later this year.
Here’s the description: Based on Gaiman’s novel of the same name, Anansi Boys follows Charlie Nancy, a young man who is used to being embarrassed by his estranged father. But when his father dies, Charlie discovers that his father was Anansi: trickster god of stories. And he learns that he has a brother. Now his brother, Spider, is entering Charlie’s life, determined to make it more interesting but making it a lot more dangerous.
The character’s description is as follows: Mr. Nancy is all charm. As far as Charlie knows, his father was a lazy, charming man who cheated on Charlie’s mother. But Mr. Nancy had another side to him. He was a god of stories and trickery after all.
“Delroy Lindo is a giant of the stage and the screen, and we are so lucky to have him,” Gaiman said in. astatement received by S&A. “I cannot wait to see his gravitas and charm being deployed for the benefit of Anansi Boys, as he plays an unreliable father with hidden depths.”
Orlando Jones played Mr. Nancy / Anansi in American Gods, but Amazon states that this upcoming series is “a stand-alone story, not a sequel or spin-off of Gaiman’s novel American Gods.“
Gaiman, Sir Lenny Henry, Douglas Mackinnon, Hanelle M. Culpepper, Hilary Bevan Jones (Endor Productions) and Richard Fee (Red Production Company) are executive producers. Gaiman and Henry will also write for the series along with Arvind Ethan David, Kara Smith, and Racheal Ofori. Gaiman and Mackinnon will serve as co-showrunners. Culpepper will direct the pilot. Jermain Julien and Azhur Saleem are also directing for the series. Paul Frift is also a producer.
Anansi Boys is produced by Amazon Studios, The Blank Corporation, Endor Productions, and RED Production Company. The series is under Gaiman’s overall deal with Amazon Studios.