Netflix has officially confirmed that an adaptation of The Sandman is in the works.
Reports yesterday revealed that the streaming giant was in talks with a Warner Bros. to bring the comic book character, created by Neil Gaiman, to the screen. Now, Netflix has confirmed the show is on the way.
A rich blend of modern myth and dark fantasy in which contemporary fiction, historical drama and legend are seamlessly interwoven, The Sandman follows the people and places affected by Morpheus, the Dream King, as he mends the cosmic – and human – mistakes he’s made during his vast existence.
Allan Heinberg (Wonder Woman, Grey’s Anatomy) is the writer and showrunner, and will exec produce alongside writers Gaiman and David S. Goyer (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, Krypton, Foundation).
Gaiman, Heinberg and Goyer will co-write the first episode, with Netflix ordering 10 episodes from producers Warner Bros. Television.
“We’re thrilled to partner with the brilliant team that is Neil Gaiman, David S. Goyer and Allan Heinberg to finally bring Neil’s iconic comic book series, The Sandman, to life onscreen,” said Channing Dungey, VP, Original Series, Netflix. “From its rich characters and storylines to its intricately built-out worlds, we’re excited to create an epic original series that dives deep into this multi-layered universe beloved by fans around the world.”
Warner Bros. and Netflix team up for Sandman TV series
Warner Bros. and Netflix are reportedly teaming up for a Sandman TV series.
The Vertigo comic, written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Sam Kieth, Mike Dringenberg, Jill Thompson, Shawn McManus, Marc Hempel, and Michael Zulli, was first published back in the 1980s and has been targeted for a screen adaptation for almost as many years. Back in 2013, David S. Goyer worked on a film based on the comic books, only for the project to fall apart. Now, Warner Bros. is having another bash, but this time, it’s got big hitters Netflix on board.
Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that a “massive” deal has been made for the show – a deal that would make it the biggest TV series DC Entertainment has ever done.
Gaiman will exec-produce alongside David Goyer, with Allan Heinberg (Wonder Woman, ABC’s The Catch, Grey’s Anatomy) set to write and serve as showrunner.
A formal deal hasn’t been closed and an official statement hasn’t yet been released, but THR reports that the project is headed straight to series.
What we do know is that the comic book is a fantasy horror legend that blends horror and history, following Morpheus, the Lord of Dreams and a number of other figures, including Destiny, Death, Destruction, Despair, Desire and Delirium.
It comes to the screen off the back of a number of successes for Gaiman, including American Gods for STARZ and Good Omens for Amazon Studios, where Gaiman now has a first-look deal in place.
THR reports that Warner Bros. went to multiple outlets, including HBO, with the TV show, but Netflix was the one that ultimately took the bite, as it looks to rival HBO’s Westworld and Watchmen and Amazon’s Lord of the Rings to find its own major genre franchise. Indeed, the streaming giant has, after parting ways with Marvel, since signed up deals with Millarworld, launched The Umbrella Academy, snapped up the rights to The Witcher and Magic: The Gathering, plus bought literary favourites The Chronicles of Narnia and the works of Roald Dahl.
Warner, meanwhile, has made a notable move in shopping Sandman elsewhere, rather than keeping it or its own in-house streaming platform, perhaps indicating just how expensive the production will be. Stay tuned for the official word from both parties.