Neil Gaiman is one of the best authors ever. He is swiftly becoming one of the best writers in other mediums too. He adapted the wonderful Good Omens over at Amazon, and wrote a pair of fun Doctor Who episodes. Now his most famous work, Sandman, is coming to Netflix.
Sandman has been pitched around and developed mostly as a feature film for years. Now, in Peak TV era, it will take that route instead. The Hollywood Reporter says that Warner Bros and Netflix are developing the show. The deal is massive, and is said to be the most expensive TV show DC Entertainment has ever done.
For those unfamiliar, Sandman is a graphic novel published by DC comics. Here is a quick synopsis from Wikipedia:
“The Sandman’s main character is Dream, the titular Sandman, also known to various characters throughout the series as Morpheus, Oneiros, the Shaper, the Shaper of Form, Lord of the Dreaming, the Dream King, Dream-Sneak, the Cat of Dreams, Murphy, Kai’ckul and Lord L’Zoril, who is the anthropomorphic personification of dreams. At the start of the series, Morpheus is captured by an occult ritual and held prisoner for 70 years. Morpheus escapes in the modern day and, after avenging himself upon his captors, sets about rebuilding his kingdom, which has fallen into disrepair in his absence. The character’s initial haughty and often cruel manner begins to soften after his years of imprisonment at the start of the series, but the challenge of undoing past sins and changing old ways is an enormous one for a being who has been set in his ways for billions of years. In its beginnings, the series is a very dark horror comic. Later, the series evolves into an elaborate fantasy series, incorporating elements of classical and contemporary mythology, ultimately placing its protagonist in the role of a tragic hero.“
There is a lot to unpack, so a series will actually serve the story better than a film would. Allan Heinberg, who wrote Wonder Woman, is serving as showrunner. Gaiman will executive produce alongside David Goyer. It is unknown if Gaiman will write any of the scripts in addition to his producing duties.
This is fantastic news. The Sandman is a property ripe for adaptation. I am glad that they didn’t rush something out just to have the name. The fact that it has had many false starts means people care enough to get it right. Netflix will let this thing thrive. It is also worth noting that this means Netflix is officially in the DC business, now that their Marvel chapter has wrapped up.
No word on a release date or filming schedule yet, but we will be sure to keep you posted.
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