Neil Gaiman’s comic book property The Sandman is headed to the small screen. A feature film version has been in development for years, but it doesn’t look like its happening. According to THR, Warner Bros. TV is in the middle of acquiring the story rights from sister company DC Entertainment to turn the comic into a live action series.
If you’re not familiar with the premise of The Sandman here’s the rundown:
It centers on the tale of Morpheus, the Lord of the Dreaming, a deity who personifies dreams. The book began in the horror realm but quickly made its mark in fantasy and mythology as Gaiman introduced the Endless, a group of powerful brothers and sisters named Destiny, Death, Destruction, Despair, Desire and Delirium (as well as Dream).
The Sandman is one of the titles that firmly established DC’s Vertigo label when it debuted in the ’90s. Ever since it’s inception, Hollywood has been trying to produce a theatrical adaptation of the story to no avail. The project has gone through many hands including Roger Avery and most recently James Mangold who was interested in taking on the adaptation for HBO.
Gaiman hasn’t been heavily involved in the development talks even though his approval would be key. “Supernatural” creator Eric Kripke is rumored to be interested in working on The Sandman but he’s intimidated by its dedicated fanbase. He knows a thing or two about crazy fans, have you seen the people obsessed with the Winchester brothers?
Who do you think should take on The Sandman? Do you think they can make it into a series?