Netflix has announced that it is going to adopt Neil Gaiman's Sandman as a live action television series.
After a long wait from the fans, Neil Gaiman's 'Sandman' is reportedly getting a live-action adaptation from Netflix. As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix has signed "a massive financial deal" with Warner Bros. Television to adapt Sandman into a television show. It is not yet clear what are the numbers of this deal, but sources say that it is till date one of the most expensive TV series by DC Entertainment as of now.
Gaiman will serve as an executive producer of the series along with David Goyer. Allan Heinberg, who wrote the script for Wonder Woman is also writing the script for this one. It is not yet revealed how many episodes the straight-to-series order is for, or when exactly the television series is expected to be released. The report states that the Netflix deal will partially "provide a financial windfall" to Warner Bros., as opposed to placing the series on its upcoming streaming service.
The comics focus on Morpheus, aka Dream of the Endless, who is one of the seven siblings representing the major forces of the universe. His other siblings are Destiny, Death, Destruction, Despair, Desire, and Delirium. After he spent many many decades in captivity, Dream reemerges to find his kingdom, the plane is known as the Dreaming and he must rebuild to reexamine his role in the Universe.
Sandman has been trying to get an on-screen presence since 1990s and finally now, it seems like the decade long wait has come to an end. Gaiman became pretty public about the issues with the various Sandman scripts and he also said that he was unsure if 'Sandman' will ever see the light of the day.
During the 2007, Comic-Con panel, he said, "I'd rather see no Sandman movie made than a bad Sandman movie. But I feel like the time for a Sandman movie is coming soon. We need someone who has the same obsession with the source material as Peter Jackson had with Lord of the Rings or Sam Raimi had with Spider-Man."
The talks about Sandman adaptations kicked up again in 2013, when Gaiman, Goyer, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt were announced to be collaborating on a script for New Line. After a lot of potential updates, Gordon-Levitt left the project in 2016, and it continued to be stuck in development hell.
Eric Heisserer, the last screenwriter attached to the New Line film, told iO9in 2016, "I … came to the conclusion that the best version of this property exists as an HBO series or limited series, not as a feature film, not even as a trilogy. The structure of the feature film really doesn't mesh with this. So I went back and said here's the work that I've done. This isn’t where it should be. It needs to go to TV."
Gaiman recently serves as the showrunner on Amazon's adaptation of his and Terry Pratchett's Good Omens, and he spoke about the possibility of 'Sandman' happening earlier this year. In an interview with Comicbook in March, he said, "The Endless are owned by DC Comics/Time Warner and not by me. “[Good Omens] getting made, Terry [Pratchett] and I owned it, so we could control where it went. I think as the days go on, as the years go on, the probability that a Sandman thing will happen, obviously, increases continually. But I have no say in anything".