The acclaimed comic book series is heading for the small screen
The Sandman, Neil Gaiman’s critically acclaimed comic book series has been acquired by Netflix (after having gone through numerous failed attempts at adaptation) as part of a “massive” deal with Warner Bros.
The series sees Dream King Morpheus wake up from 70 years in captivity at the hands of a mortal. Moving between the dawn of time and modern day, Sandman follows Morpheus as he deals with the changes that have taken place in the world while he has been held captive. It also delves into the stories of his six siblings the Endless, who include Death, Destiny and Desire. Gaiman’s series ran for 75 issues in total and has often been described as “unfilmable” with previous attempts at adaptation crashing before they’ve even taken flight.
Most recent of these attempts was in 2016, when actor and fan of the series, Joseph Gordon-Levitt acquired the rights and set out to direct a film based on the story, in which he would also play Morpheus – however, Levitt then left the project due to “creative differences” with studio New Line.
Netflix has ordered 11 episodes, describing the series as “a rich blend of modern myth and dark fantasy in which contemporary fiction, historical drama and legend are seamlessly interwoven.”
Gaiman, fresh off the adaptation of his and Terry Pratchett’s novel Good Omens, will write the first episode of the series with showrunner Allan Heinberg and David S. Goyer, and has said that this first series will only cover Preludes and Nocturnes, the first eight comics in Sandman.
The author revealed that he would be less involved in this project than he was in Amazon Prime’s Good Omens, where he was showrunner, but more involved than he has been in the Starz adaptation of American Gods, where he has been executive producer. Responding to a fan’s concerns on Twitter, Gaiman wrote:
According to The Hollywood Reporter, sources have described the deal between Netflix and Warner Bros. as “massive” and that the series will be the “most expensive” that DC Entertainment has ever done.
Netflix’s Channing Dungey said of the deal, “We’re thrilled to partner with the brilliant team that is Neil Gaiman, David S Goyer and Allan Heinberg to finally bring Neil’s iconic comic book series, The Sandman, to life on screen. From its rich characters and storylines to its intricately built-out worlds, we’re excited to create an epic original series that dives deep into this multi-layered universe beloved by fans.”
More on Netflix’s Sandman adaptation when we have it.