Neil Gaiman’s best-selling and award-winning comic series Sandman may be one of the newest comic to get it’s own show. Warner Bros. is currently sorting out the rights with DC Entertainment. They have yet to sign a writer-producer for the adaptation. However, rumor has it that Eric Kripke (Supernatural) is their top pick for the project lead. Screen Rant said that Kripke is cautious about the project because he knows every detail will be under the watchful eyes of the very “powerful, dedicated and vocal [Sandman] fanbase”.
“The Sandman ran in publication from 1989 to 1996 and produced 75 single issues. The highly fantastical story of The Sandman follows Morpheus, the Master of Dreams (known by many other names as well) and is not your standard superhero comic, like most other books at the time were. Falling more in the lines of horror, fantasy and mythology, The Sandman is described by its creator and writer, Neil Gaiman, as follows:
What do you need to know to enjoy the series? Only that there are seven brothers and sisters who have been since the beginning of time, the Endless. They are Destiny, Death, Dream, Desire, Despair, Delirium who was once Delight, and Destruction who turned his back on his duties. Their names describe their function and the realms that they are in charge of. Several years ago, a coven of wizards attempted to end death by taking Death captive, but captured Dream instead. When he finally escapes he must face the changes that have gone on in his realm, and the changes in himself.”
Sandman has been in development limbo since the 1990’s. There’s been movie versions in the works but it later showed the best form of adaptation is the small screen route. It was just a few months ago that DC was working with HBO and James Mangold (Walk the Line, Girl Interrupted) to create a Sandman show, without WBTV involvement but it never stuck. This might be due to the lack of involvement Gaiman had with HBO.
The fact that Kripke is approaching a possible Sandmanshow cautiously is a good sign and it gives me the feeling he has respect for the devotees and the work. So if he ends up leading the series, it’s safe to assume he will treat it with the same respect. Also I feel he’s done a great job in Supernatural by creating exciting serialized storylines as well as overarching plots. I also have to mention that Kripke stuck by his word and did not return to Supernatural when they renewed for a sixth season after he completed his planned five-season story line. So he gets some creative integrity brownie points there.
With all that being said about Kripke, I’ve been a devoted HBO watcher for years now and I love the freedom that HBO is able to provide. So it would be great for Sandman to be allowed to fully spread its wings and not have to worry about what is and isn’t allowed on a broadcast network. I hope it finds a home on AMC (Breaking Bad, Mad Men, The Walking Dead) or even FX (Sons of Anarchy, Rescue Me, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia). Even though I love SupernaturalI want it far away from the CW because it will be geared towards a younger audience which I feel will hinder the shows possibilities. Even Gaiman told MTV News that, “I think there are lots of ways to do Sandman. The most logical would be as an HBO-style series, and there are lots of directors who would like to do that, and there are lots of people who’ve suggested it.” Let’s give him what he wants! I wonder how much involvement Gaiman has with these decisions of the newest show possibilities?
I haven’t finished reading Sandman (I love it so far!) but I definitely will once I get through the truckload of comics I checked out from NYPL. I’m already super excited for The Walking Dead, so hopefully in the future Sandmanwill find a good home and a good step-father to raise it (again) and give it the adaptations it deserves.
King of Dreams fans I want you opinions! What do you think about it going to TV? Do you think it can be portrayed well or not? Which network and/or writer-director would you like to lead it?