The small screen really loves Neil Gaiman.
The author, whose novel American Gods is coming to Starz, will see a sampling from his short story collection Likely Stories adapted for the small screen. Sky Arts and Sid Gentle Films are producing the four-part series, which will be released in half-hour installments.
All based in London, Gaiman’s collection of “dark and strange” stories play with reality and fantasy, centralizing themes of human consumption, destructive obsession and psychological cannibalism. When the news first broke back in October that the stories were being developed for TV audiences, it was unclear which shorts would make the cut.
According to Deadline, viewers can expect to see adaptations of “Foreign Parts,” “Feeders & Eaters,” “Closing Time” and “Looking For The Girl.” The first three installments were adapted by Kevin Lehane and the last by Ian Forsyth and Jane Pollard (Nick Cave 20,000 Days On Earth).
Gaiman is expected to make cameo appearances in all four episodes, which will star Pride’s George MacKay, The Game’s Tom Hughes, Moone Boy’s Johnny Vegas, Maleficent’s Kenneth Cranham and Doctor Zhivago’s Rita Tushingham.
Forsyth and Pollard are directing the series, while Jarvis Cocker will score the episodes. Sally Woodward Gentle, Lee Morris and Gaiman are serving as executive producers.
This is another welcomed addition to Gaiman’s long list of adaptations currently in development. His children’s book, Fortunately, The Milk, is slated to begin filming and will star Johnny Depp with Edgar Wright directing. Meanwhile the new hit series Lucifer, based on Gaiman’s Sandman character, debuted in January on Fox, and rumors continue to swirl about Joseph Gordon Levitt’s film take on The Sandman itself.