Neil Gaiman’s 'Likely Stories' Heads Sky

LONDON — A collection of Neil Gaiman’s short stories are set to be produced in a new four-part adaptation for Sky Arts, the channel has confirmed.

“Likely Stories” is produced by Sid Gentle Films and will be directed by Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, the duo behind Nick Cave docu “20,000 Days on Earth.” Jarvis Cocker will score the four 30-minute stories, which will topline George MacKay (“Pride”), Tom Hughes (“The Game”), Johnny Vegas (“Moone Boy”), Kenneth Cranham (“Maleficent”) and Rita Tushingham (“Doctor Zhivago”).

The “dark and strange” London-set tales will center on the act of storytelling in a world that moves seamlessly between reality and fantasy. Gaiman will appear in each story in an “unusual way,” with subtle nods to his wider work that will appeal to his fanbase.

The four adaptations are titled “Foreign Parts,” a story of identity, ghostly tales “Feeders & Eaters” and “Closing Time” and the life-spanning story “Looking for the Girl.” Kevin Lehane will pen the first three scripts while Forsyth and Pollard will adapt “Looking for the Girl.”

Monica Dolan (“WIA”), Paul Ritter (“No Offence”), Simon Manyonda (“Doctor Who”), Johann Myers (“Good Cop”) and Montserrat Lombard (“Ashes to Ashes”) l round out the ensemble cast across all four shows.

“Likely Stories” is produced by Gina Marsh and co-produced by Hsinyi Liu. Sally Woodward Gentle, Lee Morris and Gaiman exec produce. Sky Vision will handle international distribution.

Gaiman’s acclaimed fantasy tome “American Gods” is currently being adapted for Starz in the U.S. with Bryan Fuller and Michael Green writing and exec producing.

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