Could Netflix succeed where others have failed in adapting Sandman? Fans of Neil Gaiman's epic comic book series Sandman will certainly be hoping so.
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Netflix and Warner Bros. are "close to signing a big-money deal", reports Engadget, which notes that Warner had previously pitched the show to a "number of outlets, including HBO" before it was picked up by Netflix.
Slated to work as executive producers on the rumored show are writer/showrunner Allan Heinberg (Wonder Woman, Grey's Anatomy) and David Goyer (The Dark Knight trilogy, Man of Steel).
What is The Sandman?
Published by DC Comics, The Sandman is a comic book series that follows Dream, a "deity-like being, as he searches for purpose and identity following a 70-year imprisonment by an occultist".
According to The Sand/wo/man: The Unstable Worlds of Gender in Neil Gaiman's Sandman Series by Ally Brisbin and Paul Booth, it became "one of the most popular, significant, and award-winning comics in history" during its eight year run.
Engadget notes that "there have been numerous attempts to adapt Sandman before", but all have failed; for example, in 2013, Joseph Gordon-Levitt was tipped to "direct and star in a movie based on the books" before the project was canned.
It's not the first time Gaiman's work has come to the screen though; US cable network Starz adapted his fantasy drama novel American Gods, which premiered in 2017.
Most recently, Gaiman's collaborative novel with Terry Pratchett Good Omens, was launched as a mini-series on Amazon Prime Video. Could the prospect of a competing Gaiman show have Amazon quaking in its boots? Only time will tell.
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