Why Neil Gaiman Absolutely Had to Be Involved in Netflix’s Sandman

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The Sandman writer/producer David S. Goyer explains why it was essential for Neil Gaiman to be involved in Netflix’s adaptation of his comics.

The Sandman writer/producer David S. Goyer felt it was essential for Neil Gaiman to be involved in Netflix’s streaming series adaptation of his revered comic books.

“[One] thing no one else ever attempted to do with Sandman was something that I insisted with Warner Bros.: that Neil become a producer and write the pilot with me,” Goyer told The Hollywood Reporter. “It seems obvious, but Neil was never a producer on any of the other Sandman [efforts]. It was critical because it’s so personal. We wanted to keep it strange and, God bless Netflix, it’s strange and funky and weird. If you like the comics, I think it’s a fairly accurate depiction.”

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Like Goyer mentioned, Netflix’s The Sandman is far from the first attempt to adapt Gaiman’s award-winning, genre-blending comic book saga for the screen. A film adaptation starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt entered development at Warner Bros. before falling apart after the actor dropped out over creative differences in 2016. Prior to that, Logan director James Mangold pitched his idea for a Sandman series to HBO, but the project was undone by what Mangold described as a “political turf war at WB” in 2020. “Regardless, now it’s happening and I am so happy for Neil, who I think is a marvelous person as well as a supremely brilliant artist,” he added.

Gaiman is writing and executive producing Netflix’s The Sandman series alongside Goyer, with Allan Heinberg serving as showrunner. In addition to working on the show directly, Gaiman is actively involved in hyping the project and wielding questions from fans online. For example, following a massive Sandman casting announcement, Gaiman revealed detailed breakdowns for the series’ many characters, explaining who they are and why the actors playing them were cast.

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These days Gaiman is creatively involved in a growing number of projects based on his novels and comic books. On top of writing The Sandman, he served as showrunner on Season 1 of Amazon Prime’s Good Omens and will continue to contribute creatively to the series’ recently announced second season. Gaiman is also acting as co-showrunner on Amazon’s Anansi Boys, a limited series based on his 2005 American Gods spinoff/sequel book.

Netflix’s The Sandman stars Tom Sturridge as Dream/Morpheus, Gwendoline Christie as Lucifer, Kirby Howell-Baptiste as Death and many more. It has yet to set a release date.

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Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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