Neil Gaiman’s ‘The Sandman’ to Become a TV Series

Published 5 years ago by , Updated August 14th, 2012 at 5:52 pm,

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Following in the footsteps of AMC’s buzzed about TV adaptation of The Walking Dead, Neil Gaiman’s award-winning, critically praised and New York Times Best Seller The Sandman is on course to become a TV series.

Warner Bros. is working with DC Entertainment to sort out the rights while they search for a writer-producer to lead the way for the adaptation. As for who they’re looking at to lead the project, the current top pick is Eric Kripke, the man responsible for the awesome and successful Supernatural series for the CW.

Heat Vision has the scoop on the potential Sandman TV Series and explain that the previous plan to have The Sandman air on HBO didn’t work out with DC and HBO not able to work out an arrangement. The (non)development history of The Sandman is reminiscent of that of Preacher which was set to become a film, then an HBO series and now sits in development limbo waiting to become a feature film.

Like Preacher, The Sandman is also from DC’s Vertigo imprint and helped establish the foundation of the comic line as its first prototype series. The Sandman ran in publication from 1989 to 1996 and produced 75 single issues.

The highly fantastical story of The Sandman follows Morpheus, the Master of Dreams (known  by many other names as well) and is not your standard superhero comic, like most other books at the time were. Falling more in the lines of horror, fantasy and mythology, The Sandman is described by its creator and writer, Neil Gaiman, as follows:

What do you need to know to enjoy the series? Only that there are seven brothers and sisters who have been since the beginning of time, the Endless. They are Destiny, Death, Dream, Desire, Despair, Delirium who was once Delight, and Destruction who turned his back on his duties. Their names describe their function and the realms that they are in charge of. Several years ago, a coven of wizards attempted to end death by taking Death captive, but captured Dream instead. When he finally escapes he must face the changes that have gone on in his realm, and the changes in himself.

Eric Kripke is my hero after watching nearly three full seasons of Supernatural over the last few weeks. He’s a master of characters, allowing his protagonists to act and react in natural ways, with dialog that’s believable, relatable and entertaining.. From stories he tells and the journey he puts the characters through, Kripke is the perfect candidate to helm The Sandman and he’s well-versed in dealing with classical mythology, horror and… the supernatural (obviously).

Gaiman isn’t currently involved in the project but it is in its earliest stages so that can change, especially of Kripke signs on. Kripke is aware of the powerful, dedicated and vocal fanbase behind the comic series and is cautious about the project, understanding that every decision made will be under the watchful eyes of Sandman fans.

Warner Bros., make this happen! The Sandman is huge in the comic book world and Eric Kripke is the right choice for the job.

If you’re unfamiliar with The Sandman, you can pick it up in its 10-volume series of trades or hardcovers. For the TV viewers out there, go pick up a few seasons of Supernatural on DVD or Blu-ray. You won’t regret it.

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Source: Heat Vision

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  2. if they put it on the CW…………….. let me make a long drawn out UUGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

  3. I’m sorry, this story is far too nuanced for television. I really can’t see this working at all.

  4. It’s possible to pull this off. Will I think it’ll happen past a pilot stage? No.

    Another alternative could be SyFy channel though. They’d eat this up like a bag of chips.

  5. A TV series works better than a movie I think and this could potentially be a great success. Or a massive failure.

  6. as a avid fan of Kripke and Supernatural…this is a good thing. Supernatural wont be the same this season however :(

  7. Well a TV adaptation would certainly be the way to go with this one could get it to make sense in a single movie and how many names did the character 12 or something…I have the first 23 issues but I found it to be too dark and have more of a horror vibe..The character to me appeared to be quite cruel ..I know the tone lightened up quite a bit after those early issues but I moved on to other things..

  8. Neil Gaiman is underwriting Scientology. The Scientologists list Neil Gaiman in the Cornerstone Newsletter along with Mary Gaiman, as contributing $35,000.00 in 2009. Being listed in the Cornerstone Newsletter means you are in good-standing with the cult.

    In 2010, Mary Gaiman was awarded the “Gold Humanitarian Award” for her contribution of $500,000.00 to Scientology. This is significant because Mary Gaiman continues to be Neil Gaiman’s business partner in The Blank Corporation, which is now Neil Gaiman’s Scientology front and how he pays the cult.

    Gaiman is also the “Vitamin Heir” of Scientology. The Gaiman family owns G&G Vitamins which reaps 6 million a year from selling The Purification Rundown Vitamins.

    Gaiman’s two sisters, Claire Edwards and Lizzie Calciole are not just high-ranking Scientologists, they are the head of RECRUITING and the head of Wealden House, the Scientology stronghold in East Grinstead. These two cannot associate with Neil unless he is in good standing.

    • What’s your point regarding Scientology? Haven’t you figured out that half of Hollywood is onto this social pyramid plan? You think maybe the Federal Reserve Bankers or the Bush family has something more or better to offer?

      Sandman is the sort of character and series which needs to defy the imagination just as Quantum Leap did… contracts for specific actors can come and go but it should flex according to who perceives the Sandman just as the Graphic Novel did. Why cheapen one of the coolest elements and why cut short the fact that there were many domains or realms of these archetypes with their essential value to add to the universe?

      I would love to write for this series myself… Have Eric give me a call because I certainly think that there is a lot to be said for people who do not fear the Reaper or the Sandman or even the Gypsies living in France. Its time to bring SyFy series up to the next level of syndication. I personally would love to share my ideas about short stories in general but Warner Brothers hasn’t kicked down the spice so…. all I have to say is Scientology is not a lot different than Tea Party methods of logic as far as I can tell…

  9. Dudes, this was meant as a comic. It’s not a screenplay. It’s a COMIC. Like it’s meant to be.

    There is so much that will be lost in turning this in to film, and so much bull that’s going to be added.