After feeling the heat of one petition for a Neil Gaiman show (of which they had no part in the making), supreme streaming overlords Netflix have thought, ‘yeah, we’ll have a bit of that’ after cutting a deal with the Good Omens co-creator for his other beloved tale, Sandman, for a TV series.
Word comes from THR, who like so many others, have been here before given that time spent in the past waiting to get The Dream King on any screen requires an hourglass the size of a small shopping centre. The last promising attempt had Joseph Gordon-Levitt involved, who toiled with Gaiman’s massive tale only for it to eventually fall apart.
While no official statement has slipped through from Netflix, or Gaiman, sources say that they’ve drawn a line in the…well, you know, to get this all sorted. The site has also described it as ‘a massive financial commitment and DC Entertainment’s most-expensive TV foray ever’. What? Even more than Swamp Thing? Too soon?
A story so massive Hollywood have battled with the concept since the early 90s, Sandman focuses on Morpheus aka Dream, a god-like figure who crosses various realms, encountering his apparent brothers and sisters; Death, Desire, Despair, Delirium, Destruction and Destiny. Oh, and Batman at one point.
Allan Heinberg (Wonder Woman, Grey’s Anatomy) has been tasked with adapting the show to the small stream. Gaiman will be back on board as executive producer along with David Goyer, who was also in the same role last time around.
Fans of the book will no doubt be buzzed that it’s landed on a platform that may finally get things moving, given the numerous attempts in the past. Even during its last effort, screenwriter Eric Heisserer said to io9 that Sandman was bred for a ‘limited series, not as a feature film, not even as a trilogy. The structure of a feature film really doesn’t mesh with this.’
Here’s hoping Netflix do.