Netflix is developing a TV series based on The Sandman, Neil Gaiman’s Hugo Award winning comic book series. The “ten episode (plus one)” first season is being written largely by show-runner and executive producer Allan Heinberg, but David S. Goyer and Gaiman himself are also on board as writers and producers.
Arguably the greatest series ever written in comic book history, The Sandman features the endeavors of Morpheus, or Dream, one of the seven “Endless” who effectively oversee the of fundamental aspects of humanity. Drawing on Gaiman’s signature blend of mythology, dark fantasy and comic-book horror, the story follows Dream he seeks to reclaim his lost kingdom and right the wrongs he has committed over the millennia of his existence.
Gaiman has reportedly stated that the first series will focus only on the events which occur in Preludes and Nocturnes, the first of ten collections which make up The Sandman saga. The series will certainly not be rushed, and fans can therefore hope for nine further seasons to enjoy.
An on-screen adaptation of The Sandman has been in the works since the 90s, but various attempts at a film were all scrapped. However, Gaiman’s involvement should ensure the epic story is done justice, as at Comic-Con in 2007 he announced that he would “rather see no Sandman movie made than a bad Sandman movie”.
The Sandman will be the most expensive TV show ever developed by DC Entertainment.
The Sandman will be latest of a recent run of highly successful adaptations of Neil Gaiman’s works, such as American Gods, Good Omens, and Lucifer (which is in turn based around a character in Sandman). However, The Sandman will be the most expensive TV show ever developed by DC Entertainment.
Unfortunately, The Sandman is still in the very early phases of production, so fans will have to wait a while to find out when they can expect it on their screens.
Last modified: 23rd October 2019