With the popularity of Amazon’s Good Omens and Netflix’s Lucifer (enough so, to be renewed for a final 5th Season), 2019 has been going well for renowned story-teller Neil Gaiman, to say in the least. Fans of the author will be glad to know that another of his works will be adapted into a TV series – namely, “The Sandman” comic book series.
After multiple attempts to adapt the series as a film (with Joseph Gordon-Levitt to star in it at one point), The Sandman has finally been green-lit to air on Netflix as a 10-episode series produced by Warner Bros. Television.
“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,” said Channing Dungey, vice president of original series’ at Netflix, in an interview with Variety. “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.”
Allan Heinberg (Grey’s Anatomy, Wonder Woman‘s film) will be serving as the writer, director and executive producer for the series. Neil Gaiman himself, along with David S. Goyer, will be writing and executive producing as well.
What’s ‘The Sandman’ comics about?
Much like Gaiman’s other works, this series portrays mythical characters in modern-day settings. “The Sandman” follows the people and places affected by Morpheus, the Dream King (i.e the Sandman), as he sets about to mend the mistakes he’s made throughout his existence.
Common elements in Gaiman’s works are sarcastic humour, charming story-telling, and lovable characters – mixed in with powers and creatures that aren’t of this world. Given how The Sandman is one of his darker, more horror-leaning works, though, it’ll be interesting to see how that translates into a TV series! We’re keeping our fingers crossed for this series to turn out as good as the rest have been.