Everything Neil Gaiman writes is some pretty wonderful stuff (with the possible exception of 2007’s Beowulf, which was terrible for reasons having nothing to do with Gaiman), so it’s exciting news that the UK satellite channel Sky Arts is turning four of the author’s short stories into a TV mini-series to be called Likely Stories.
There hasn’t been any indication yet of which four stories will be adapted – that information hasn’t been released, and it’s possible that they’re still deciding. However, the work is in good hands with Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, who are the directors of the Nick Cave documentary 20,000 Days On Earth. They say their goal is to “cross the illusion of cinema with the presence of theatre, conjuring a psychological, conceptual and physical state between reality and hallucination.” Sounds good to us.
The mini-series is being produced by Sid Gentle Films, who have stated merely that it will be based on “the fantastical shorts stories from the pen of Neil Gaiman” and “There will be an ensemble cast across all four of these tales.” There is no word on who will be cast, either.
New productions based on Gaiman’s work include Bryan Fuller’s American Gods TV series coming from Starz, The Sandman movie from Joseph Gordon-Levitt and David S. Goyer, a film of his children’s novel Fortunately, a production called The Milk from Edgar Wright and Bret McKenzie and starring Johnny Depp, and the promise of a BBC TV series based on Anansi Boys.
Previous Gaiman stories made into movies, with varying degrees of success include Coraline, Stardust, Mirrormask. He had some involvement with the English language scripting for Princess Mononoke, and was famously the screenwriter of the Doctor Who episode The Doctor’s Wife, which won a Hugo Award in 2013.
Gaimon has been married to musician Amanda Palmer since 2011, and they have a son named Anthony, born this year.