As one Vertigo original begins to come an end, another one is just getting started…
While AMC’s Preacher series is gearing up for its fourth and final season, now comes word that a Sandman show is in development.
Courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix has picked up the rights to produce a TV series based on Neil Gaiman’s iconic Sandman. Wonder Woman co-scribe Allan Heinberg has been brought in as showrunner, and Gaiman himself is on board as an executive producer alongside David Goyer.
Early details on the show are scarce, although it’s believed that Netflix and DC Entertainment are committed to putting a hefty wedge of cash behind the show.
The last we’d heard on anything to do with Sandman being brought to life was back in 2016. If you remember, back then Joseph Gordon-Levitt had departed a long-gestating movie adaptation of the beloved property. And while a big-screen Sandman offering seems to have died a death, a TV take is now full of life and heading to Netflix. If we’re being honest, the room for nuanced storytelling that episodic television offers up is likely a far better fit for something as rich and all-encompassing as Sandman.
Launched in 1989 under DC’s Vertigo imprint, Sandman initially ran for 75 issues until 1996. The focal point of the story was Dream, one of the Endless, and his brothers and sisters; Death, Desire, Despair, Delirium, Destruction and Destiny. A strange, twisted tale of worlds within worlds, Sandman is generally seen as one of the greatest comic books of all time. So much so, it even holds the honour of being one of the few graphic novels to make it onto the New York Times Best Seller list.
Expect more on Netflix’s plans for Sandman as we get it.