Oh Mr Sandman, bring me a Netflix Show for the 21st century!
I confess that Neil Gaiman’s work, comics and novels have never really interested me that much. I have nothing against him or his writing, it’s just a question of personal taste. That said, I do recognize and respect his immense talent as a storyteller. I was once even lucky enough to take part in a Q&A with him as part of a creative writing class. As a result, as soon as I see his name attached to a project, I at the very least want to find out more.
Gaiman is of course best known by many for authoring The Sandman. His work made the New York Times Best Seller List and is up there among the most renowned graphic novels, such as Watchmen and the Dark Knight Returns.
Fans of The Sandman will of course already be aware that it will soon be adapted into a Netflix series with Gaiman serving as executive producer on the show. In addition, Gaiman has also been working with director Dirk Maggs to produce an audiobook version of The Sandman that will be made available on Audible from July 15 (if you don’t know who Dirk Maggs is, he made some great dramatized audiobook adaptations of the Batman: Knightfall, The Death Of Superman, Reign Of The Supermen, and some early Spider-Man stories).
In a recent virtual press interview, Gaiman explained to Comicbook that while the audiobook will remain faithful to the source material, the Netflix show would incorporate creative changes aimed at updating the series for the 21st century. As for what those changes might involve, Gaiman had the following to say:
“Okay, it is 2020, let’s say that I was doing Sandman starting in 2020, what would we do? How would we change things? What gender would this character be? Who would this person be? What would be happening?”
Whenever you adapt something to the big or small screen, there will always be changes involved. That said, to me Gaiman’s comments sound like there might be some significant changes elements of the plot and characters. In any case, if he’s involved, I’m confident fans of The Sandman will be happy with the result.
What do you think? Would you prefer the Netflix show to stay faithful to the original, or are you eager to see how they’ll adapt the source material? Let us know in the comments below!
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