Netflix has signed a deal with Warner Bros. TV to adapt Sandman, the best selling fantasy-horror-superhero comic book, into a live-action series for its online streaming service. Set to be the most expensive television series that DC entertainment has ever produced, the project will feature Allan Heinberg (Wonder Woman, Grey’s Anatomy) as both writer and showrunner, with David Goyer (The Dark Knight, Man of Steel) and Sandman creator and writer Neil Gaiman both serving as executive producers.
In case you haven’t read the comic before: read it. Sandman is a best-selling comic for a reason; a seminal work in the genre that is, in many ways, unlike any comic that came before or has come after it. But, if you don’t feel like reading through the 75 issues that compromise the series, here’s a simple summary: Sandman follows Dream, an entity of immense power who exists as the embodiment of dreams and imagination. He is one of the Endless, a group of siblings that all individually control various forces within the universe that they exist in. The series begins with Dream being wrongfully captured and imprisoned, escaping after 70 years and embarking on a journey to reclaim his throne as the King of Dreams.
A film adaptation of Sandman has been in development hell for decades, going through various incarnations and writers throughout the ’90s and early 2000s. Gaiman announced a film adaptation in late 2013; however little progress was made, and the project was essentially cancelled in 2016. However, from this canceled project came the idea for a TV series based on the property, which seems to be coming to fruition through the Netflix-Warner Bros. deal.
It has been announced that the series will be comprised of 11 episodes; however the premiere date of said episodes has not been disclosed yet. But, with Gaiman executive producing and some proven talent already being on board, there’s good reason to be excited for Netflix’s adaptation.