Neil Gaiman has confirmed on his website that both American Gods and Anansi Boys are coming to television.
American Gods is being developed as a series by FremantleMedia, after being stuck in development hell at HBO for several years. Anansi Boys will be shown as a miniseries on the BBC with production being handled by RED (who previously produced Russell T Davies’ Queer As Folk for Channel 4).
Gaiman said about American Gods:
A few people have asked for more background on this: HBO had an option on American Gods for several years. It went through three different pilot scripts. HBO has a limited number of slots and, after a while, passed it to Cinemax, who are in the HBO family, who decided eventually they didn’t want to do it, and the option expired, which unfortunately meant we couldn’t work with Tom Hanks’ production company Playtone any longer, as they are exclusive to HBO. However, Stefanie Berk, who had been one of the brightest stars at Playtone, had recently moved to Freemantle, and was as determined as she had been when she was at Playtone to bring American Gods to the screen. And I was impressed by her determination.
FremantleMedia’s press release about American Gods can be read here.