Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman is FINALLY happening!
Ah, The Sandman. We’ve been tracking the adaptation of the comic for what feels like decades. Actually, it may actually be decades at this point. However, for the longest time, it seemed like to be one of those projects that would never get off the ground. For the longest time, filmmakers were trying to adapt it for the big screen. In fact, the highest-profile attempted adaptation was spearheaded by Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Sadly, it was never meant to be, but I don’t think many Sandman fans will actually complain. Writer Neil Gaiman himself even said on many occasions that it was better suited for television. However, due to hits high-budget nature, it seemed a solid TV adaptation would forever elude the franchise. And then we entered the world of streaming and high-quality serial TV. Yeah, things have changed quite a bit over the years.
The Sandman is Coming
Neil Gaiman himself was given the helm of his own comic series back in mid-2019. And now, it has finally started filming, as Gaiman shared on social media.
Oh, we started shooting on Thursday. Dr John Hathaway has brought a book from the museum in which he works, to Roderick Burgess. But you're right, it's going to be time to announce some casting soon. https://t.co/goXqhEZHgi
— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) October 18, 2020
This is a big deal. As I mentioned before, The Sandman has been fighting its way to the screen for many years now. Like many other projects (ahem, Spawn), I doubted this would happen, so I’m a little bit thrilled.
Sadly, there are few details as to what we can expect from the show itself. Most of what we do know is that the show will be set in the modern day. This means that Dream will have been imprisoned for 105 years instead of the 75 years in the comic. As far as how faithful it will ultimately be…well, it has Gaiman leading it, so I’d imagine the spirit would at least be there.
The Sandman will start out with 11 episodes on Netflix, and while no release date has been set yet, I’d imagine the middle or end of next year are possibilities. Are you excited to see Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman finally start filming? Sound off down below!
SOURCE: Neil Gaiman, Digital Spy