‘Sandman’ from Neil Gaiman Headed to Netflix (Finally)
After years of development purgatory, the Vertigo Comics flagship, The Sandman, has been given the green light at Netflix.
Based on the original run of 75 acclaimed comics, Neil Gaiman’s personification of various metaphysical entities, with the blending of mythology and history, will be put to order with David Goyer (Man of Steel, Batman Begins) attached to the project.
Cast and plot details have yet to be established this early in the process, but the fact that Morpheus, The Lord of Dreams, will be ready to binge is exciting for fans of Gaiman and the comic. Allan Heinberg (Grey’s Anatomy) will write and serve as showrunner on the series, per The Hollywood Reporter.
Gaiman has a track record of building unique projects enjoyed by critics and viewers alike. On the heels of Good Omens from Amazon Prime, Gaiman is on the upswing. Add to that American Gods, on Starz, and Lucifer, now on Netflix, and it is hard to picture anything but success from this project.
Based on the source material, this show will have a huge scope, uniquely developed characters, and a concept that will require incredible creativity. The creative team may adopt a story from said source material, or go in a completely unique direction, and it would work. Regardless, anticipation for this show will only grow throughout development. Casting decisions on the series will be news-worthy going forward, as devoted fans expect to see each sibling; Delirium, Desire, Despair, Death, Destiny, and Destruction cast to their satisfaction.
After several failed attempts to bring Morpheus to the big screen, it seems Gaiman and Netflix are happy to stretch the content over several episodes. The title should play well amongst comics fans no matter what, and with Lucifer ending this season, Netflix should have a built-in viewership ready to go when the project rolls out.
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