'Sandman' TV Series Coming to Netflix in Massive Deal With Warner Bros.
Neil Gaiman's beloved comic "Sandman" is finally getting on screen.
After many years in movie development hell, "Sandman" is being adapted into a television series after Netflix and Warner Bros. signed a massive deal. According to The Hollywood Reporter, it is the most expensive TV series that DC Entertainment has ever done.
"Sandman" spans horror, fantasy, and mythology and follows Morpheus, Lord of the Dreams, who oversees a vast hallucinatory landscape housing all the dreams of any and everyone who’s ever existed. He's one of seven siblings, called the Endless; the others are Destiny, Death, Destruction, Despair, Desire and Delirium.
Attempts to adapt the comic into a feature film began in the 1990s. In 2013, Gaiman announced he was teaming up with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who would direct and star in the movie. However, Gordon-Levitt left the project in 2016 over creative differences with New Line.
Eric Heisserer, the last screenwriter attached to the New Line project told iO9 that the "the best version of this property exists as an HBO series or limited series, not as a feature film, not even as a trilogy. The structure of the feature film really doesn't mesh with this .... It needs to go to TV."
The property was shopped to multiple outlets, including WarnerMedia corporate sibling HBO, but in the end, Netflix's buckets of cash landed them the deal.
Allan Heinberg ("Wonder Woman," ABC's "The Catch") will write and serve as showrunner. Gaiman will executive produce.