Neil Gaiman’s critically acclaimed and influential comic book series, The Sandman, is getting a Netflix adaptation and it’s been a long time coming.
Gaiman’s reboot of DC’s The Sandman was released between 1986 and 1996, running over 75 issues, and they’ve been trying to adapt it for the screen since the 90s, with no real success. This is mostly because it’s an epic fantasy that has no business being truncated into one film; no, not even a trilogy.
The Sandman is an irony-laced horror fantasy tale that largely follows the anthropomorphic personification of dreams, Morpheus aka Oneiros aka the Shaper etc. as he is captured and held prisoner by an occult ritual for 70 years, escapes, wreaks his vengeance, and tries to rebuild his dilapidated kingdom. The series incorporates elements of horror, fantasy, and classic mythology into a dark fantasy tale the likes of which hadn’t really been seen before, at the time of its creation.
So, now Netflix has grabbed it and it’s apparently going to be the most expensive TV series DC Entertainment has ever produced, although we don’t know what that means yet; they haven’t mentioned a number. There’s no episode count yet, but Neil Gaiman and David Goyer are executive producers and Allen Heinberg (screenwriter for Wonder Woman) is the showrunner.