Destiny of the Endless might need to check his book again, because it seems there’s still a glimmer of hope left for a TV adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman sometime in the future.
News broke last week that Supernatural creator Eric Kripke would not be moving ahead with a proposed Sandman series for “a lot of varying reason,” leaving the future of any adaptation of the classic comic in doubt. Kripke’s involvement in Sandman on TV dates back to last September, when news broke that he was developing ideas for the series.
But all is not lost, according to DC Comics’ Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns, who tweeted last week that “The Sandman is AWAKE,” and even said he’s working with Gaiman on the project.
But Gaiman isn’t so optimistic. He had this to say on his blog Tuesday:
I saw a bunch of press about whether there is or isn’t a Sandman TV series: as far as I know, nobody has actually optioned SANDMAN as a TV series from DC Comics, who own it. Eric Kripke (of Supernatural fame) pitched his approach to DC and to me last year, and we liked it and we liked him, but it didn’t feel quite right at that point, so we passed.
I think that this year the people at DC Comics (and me) will talk to a lot of people who want to make a Sandman TV series, and if we find the perfect person with the perfect way of treating the material, it’ll happen. And otherwise it won’t.
Gaiman has said more than once that he’d rather see no Sandman adaption than a bad Sandman adaptation, and it doesn’t look like he’s feeling any pressure to adapt his magnum opus to another medium.
And it’s high time we asked ourselves: Is Sandman on TV something we really want? Or, for that matter, Sandman at the movies? It’s a brilliant comic book, brilliant beyond brilliant, and maybe that should be enough. After all, what are the odds that any actor will ever pack the simple gravity of presence needed to play Lord Morpheus of the Dreaming? They’re slim. But for now, either way, all we have is more speculation.