The Sandman

More than fifteen years after the publication of Neil Gaiman‘s Hugo and Nebula Award winning novel American Gods, Starz broadcast the first episode of the television adaptation today. Though it’s still incredibly recent, advanced previews are already getting great reviews, from long time fans of the book and people coming to the series with fresh eyes alike. It seems that the various components of the series, after fans have ached for it for so many years, have fallen into place in a way that will at meet high expectations, with a stellar cast including Ricky Whittle as protagonist Shadow Moon and Ian McShane as his con artist Old God mentor, Mr Wednesday.
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Joseph Gordon Levitt

The recent lack of information regarding the movie adaptation of The Sandman has been rather depressing. Considering it is was among the first of planned Warner Bros. comic book adaptations after Man of Steel, it’s omission from the studios recent movie schedule was rather disconcerting. However, Neil Gaiman has explained why it was absent from the DC schedule announcement. This is because The Sandman is a Vertigo Comics Property, and it might sit as a standalone movie unattached to DC Cinematic Universe (Guillermo del Toro‘s Justice League Dark could possibly head in the same direction). Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jack Thorne and David S. Goyer are working on the movie adaptation with Levitt and Goyer recently discussing the state of the script and reassuring fans that Neil Gaiman is still very much involved in the writing process. (more…)

Justice League Dark

Talk about a Guillermo del Toro overload?! (click to read our article on the Pacific Rim sequel here). Looks like the executives over at Warner Bros. are in for a treat at the weekend. While most people will be kicking back in front of the TV with a cold beer, or a glass of vino after a long hard slog at work, or perhaps heading out en masse to catch a certain trailer? (Star Wars: The Force Awakens anyone?), execs at Warner have their weekends sorted. Guillermo del Toro has confirmed he has finished his script for the tentatively planned movie adaptation of Justice League Dark and  handed it over to Warner for a planned weekend read. (more…)

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.