Neil Gaiman Updates Us on Netflix’s SANDMAN Series

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Neil Gaiman’s Sandman is becoming a Netflix series as we speak. And at the recent DC FanDome event, he updated us on the status of the series.

He says: “We’ve taken advantage of universal pause button just to try and get the scripts as close to perfect as possible. Right now, as [it] is starting to come off, we are starting to cast again, we are starting–I’m getting these inspiring and wonderful emails with production designs, with places that I’ve only ever seen in the comics before now being rendered in 3D, and I’m being asked to comment on it, and that’s amazing.”

He adds: “What we’re doing with Netflix is saying, ‘OK, It’s still going to start in 1916, but the thing that happens in Sandman 1–the point the story starts–is not 1988, it’s now.’ And how does that change the story? What does that give us? what does that make us have to look at that we wouldn’t have had to look at if we were setting it as a character piece?

The Sandman is a story about stories and how Morpheus, the Lord of Dreams, is captured and subsequently learns that sometimes change is inevitable. Morpheus is one of the seven Endless. The others are Destiny, Death, Desire, Despair, Delirium /Delight, and Destruction / The Prodigal.

The series ran 75 issues from ’89 to ’96. Artists included Sam Kieth, Mike Dringenberg, Jill Thompson, Shawn McManus, Marc Hempel, and Michael Zulli, with lettering by Todd Klein and covers by Dave McKean.

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