The past few years have provided Neil Gaiman fans with a number of successful adaptations of the author’s works, including American gods, Good omens and more recently the highly anticipated adaptation of his Sand seller graphic novels. Looks like it ain’t gonna end there either, like now Gaiman’s Dead boy detectives received a pilot order from HBO Max, and if it meets the same success as those that came before it, we can likely see a series commissioned in the not-so-distant future.
The new project goes into pre-production as Netflix continues to work on bringing Sandman to life – which the Dead boy detectives are linked to – and work is also underway for a second season of Good omens, the brilliant series starring David Tennant and Michael Sheen, adapted from Gaiman’s much-loved collaboration with the late Terry Pratchett.
Dead boy detectives will follow Charles Rowland and Edwin Paine, the two leads created by Gaiman in 1991 for DC Comics as part of his Sand seller mythology. The basic story behind the characters is that they are the ghosts of two young boys, who turn their backs on their entry into the afterlife and instead decide to stay on Earth to solve crimes with a supernatural element. The series has a lot of potential to be developed for television, and it’s hard to see how it can possibly land a series commission given the current popularity of the criminal and supernatural genres, not to mention that Gaiman currently appears to be. riding the crest of a wave of popularity.
According to a report in Variety, the pilot script will be completed in time for filming to begin in November, but there are currently no directors or actors attached to the project. What’s strange is that the two ghost children are already appearing on HBO Max in the form of Patrol of Fate ‘ s Sebastian Croft and Ty Tennant, but it’s unclear if new blood will be brought in for the characters’ first solo release.
Neil Gaiman currently reigns supreme in the televised fantasy genre, and if Dead boy detectives arrives in series, it will be the fifth production of this type currently in progress. In part thanks to his new contract with Amazon, Gaiman sees the second season of Good omens in production for the streaming giant, at the same time as the adaptation of its novel Anansi boys, a dark fantasy tale featuring one of the characters from American gods, although the character actually has no direct connection to this novel’s counterpart. Starz is currently preparing to bring the final season of American gods to screens, and as mentioned, Netflix is now in the midst of post-production of Sand seller, while a new audiobook version of this collection of stories is in development by Audible.
All in all, there is a lot to look forward to in the coming year and beyond, as it is likely that these will not be the only projects by Neil Gaiman to be screened in the future given that the The author’s global deal on Amazon has just started. . We will look forward to the rest.
Subjects: Dead Boy Detectives