Following the giant success of the on-screen adaptions of author Neil Gaiman's 'American Gods' and 'Lucifer', Netflix and Warner Bros. come together to recreate 'The Sandman' as an exclusive series.
It looks like 2019 is definitely the year for Neil Gaiman fans as his book 'The Sandman' has been given the green light from Netflix and Warner Bros. with a mega-budget production TV series on its way.
WarnerBros. are undertaking a massive financial commitment in what is shaping up to be DC Entertainment's most-expensive TV production of all time. But for hardcore Neil Gaiman fans, it's all a case of their cherished Vertigo comic "The Sandman" finally getting its exclusive video rendition.
The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that Netflix has agreed to this partnership with WarnerBros. in what is described as a massive financial deal to turn this best-seller novel into a live-action TV series. The series is reported to have been assigned 11 episodes in its first season.
The rumors are true. The tangled story of Morpheus, King of Dreams is becoming a Netflix series! Warner Brothers and executive producer Allan Heinberg (Wonder Woman screenwriter) have signed on to bring the dream of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman into reality. pic.twitter.com/cOMjPL5cqp— NX (@NXOnNetflix) July 1, 2019
It's confirmed that none other than Allan Heinberg, who has received television writing and producing credits for 'Wonder Woman' 'Sex And The City', 'Gilmore Girls', 'The O.C.', 'Grey's Anatomy', and more recently, ABC’s 'The Catch' is going to be the scriptwriter on this novel to video adaptation drama.
David Goyer (The Dark Knight) and Neil Gaiman, who have been meaning to bring this adaption to light for a long time will serve as executive producers and will co-write the premiere of the show along with Heinberg.
Channing Dungey from Netflix said that "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."
"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," exclaimed Dungey.
The Sandman comic-book series, written by Neil Gaiman and published by DC comics is a mythological tale pertaining to the horror-fantasy genre, revolving around Morpheus, the Lord of Dreams and 'The Endless', a powerful group of siblings with characters like 'Destiny', 'Death' and 'Dream'.
There have been numerous attempts to adapt this comic-book series into a TV show in the past, and Netflix has finally sealed the deal with WarnerBros.
The first attempt to turn the comic-book series was in the 1990s when Warner Bros., the parent company of Vertigo and DC Comics tried to turn it into a feature film. The project was then gradually delayed due to other commitments as it went through multiple production alterations and changes in the writing team.
As the 90s gave way to the early 2000s, the project was close to being scrapped and forgotten in what screenwriters deem as 'development purgatory'.
This isn't the first of Gaiman's works to be considered for a major television or cinematic adaptation. Gaiman's 'American Gods', 'Good Omens' and 'Coraline' were adapted with much acclaim on the big screen.
It was announced in late 2013 that Joseph Gordon-Levitt had been called in about a feature film that was hinted at being a 'Sandman' adaptation with WarnerBros. Gordon-Levitt, who was supposed to star and direct in this series, bailed on the film due to creative differences with the studio.
He left the project in March 2016, following which Eric Heisserer, the last screenwriter working with New Line's Sandman announced in November of the same year that he too was no longer involved in the project.
Heisserer told iO9 back in 2016 that "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,".
He concluded that "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."
More than three years after a failed attempt to turn Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself)'s beloved Vertigo comic #Sandman into a feature film, the graphic novel is finally coming to the screen https://t.co/GES5LVxa5F pic.twitter.com/gJL5rp1sWQ— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) July 1, 2019
Neil Gaiman responded to hundreds of questions on Twitter following his official announcement. He let fans know that the plot of the upcoming series will be set 30 years later than the comics.
Following which he gave more details about the series with regards to the format and the crew behind it so far. We know that the project is still at an early stage in its development and there's definitely more news and info to look forward in the coming weeks.
It's official! Here's a Variety article about the Sandman plans. Although it's fair to say that it, too, is filled with errors, and seems to think that David Goyer and I wrote a Sandman script that was actually written by the brilliant @jackthorne https://t.co/tXjXF75Pey— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) July 1, 2019