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.
Source: Heat Vision