For a while it looked like a movie adaptation of Neil Gaiman‘s comic book series The Sandman from Joseph Gordon-Levitt was going to happen. Eventually Warner Bros. moved the project over to New Line, and within a year of that happening Levitt ended up departing the project and the movie ultimately never happened.
Usually when it comes to long comic book or book series, fans would much prefer a TV series adaptation over movies. Especially these days. And that’s exactly the road that Sandman is now traveling on, as Netflix has announced that a series adaptation of Gaiman’s work is on the way to the streaming service.
Here is Netflix’s logline for the series, which comes from Warner Bros. Television:
A rich blend of modern myth and dark fantasy in which contemporary fiction, historical drama and legend are seamlessly interwoven, The Sandman follows the people and places affected by Morpheus, the Dream King, as he mends the cosmic–and human–mistakes he’s made during his vast existence.
The series is created and executive produced by Gaiman (American Gods, Good Omens, Coraline), David S. Goyer (Dark Knight trilogy, Man of Steel, Blade trilogy), and Allan Heinberg (Wonder Woman, The Catch, Grey’s Anatomy), who all also co-wrote the first episode. Heinberg will be handling showrunner duties.
Of the announcement, Netflix Vice President of Original Series Channing Dungey said:
“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.”
No release window for The Sandman has been announced yet, but Netflix says the first season will consist of “10 (plus one)” episodes.
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