After multiple failed attempts at adapting Neil Gaiman’s dark mythology comic, we are finally going to see a Sandman TV series on Netflix!
The Hollywood Reporter reports – ha, ha, that Netflix signed a massive financial deal with Warner Bros. to create a Sandman TV series. The legendary Vertigo comic is picked up with an 11-episode order and will be the most expensive DC show ever produced.
The executive producers of the Sandman TV series will be Neil Gaiman and DC veteran David Goyer, whose credits includes co-writing Man of Steel and Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies, as well as the crappy Krypton series. The showrunner will be Allan Heinberg, the co-writer of Wonder Woman.
“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 onscreen. 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 around the world”, said Channing Dungey, vp originals at Netflix.
Attempts to adapt Sandman into a feature film franchise started in the 1990s and went through multiple incarnations and writers in the 1990s and early 2000s – to no avail. We really hope this one works since the most recent attempt to bring Sandman to the screen was in 2016, when Dark Knight Rises star Joseph Gordon-Levitt was on board to star and produce a version for Warner subsidiary New Line Cinema. That project failed tragically when Gordon-Levitt walked away, stating that he and executives couldn’t see eye to eye on what makes Sandman special.
DC’s Vertigo comics imprint originally published The Sandman between 1989 and 1996, with several additional series coming in 2009 and between 2013 and 2015. The series follows Morpheus – the Lord of Dreams, an archetype figure and the personification of dreams. Imprisoned by occultists to escape decades later in the 1980s, Morpheus works to exact revenge on his captors, adapt to the new world that he finds himself in, and rebuild his kingdom.
The comic has won over 26 prestigious Eisner Awards, and by the end of its run was DC’s most popular title, outselling the likes Batman and Superman.
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