Neil Gaiman's Anansi Boys to spin its web on TV

It's a good time to be a Neil Gaiman fan, as another one of the acclaimed author's works is getting the adaptation treatment.

According to BBC News, Gaiman's 2005 novel Anansi Boys is being turned into a TV miniseries by the BBC itself. The book, which won the British Fantasy Award for best novel, follows a young man who discovers that he has a brother whom he never previously knew about -- and that both of them are the sons of the West African spider god Anansi.

Gaiman wrote a screenplay for a proposed film adaptation of the book back in 2010, but that apparently fell down the studio rabbit hole. He said in a statement that he was "thrilled" with the announcement of the miniseries and that he hoped it would be "an absolutely brilliant faithful version." There's no word yet on casting, production, air dates or anything like that, with the project said to be in "very early development."

This is the third Gaiman-related project to be unveiled in just the past few months. Gaiman's 2001 novel, American Gods, was picked up earlier this week by Freemantle Media, who are going to give a TV adaptation a go after it spent a few years collecting dust at HBO. And then of course there is the great white whale of the Gaiman catalog, Sandman, which everyone in Hollywood has seemingly tried to make. Now actor/director Joseph Gordon-Levitt (The Dark Knight Rises) is going to take a stab at it.

Gaiman adaptations have been few and far between, but when they do arrive -- as with Coraline and Stardust -- people seem to like them. How about it, Gaiman fans -- are you pumped to see more of the author's work on TV and movie screens, starting with Anansi Boys?

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