Neil Gaimans “Sandman” Possibly Coming to TV

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”.

Sandman summary and info (via Screen Rant):

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.

Devils Advocate Time!

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?

[Source MTV NewsScreen Rant & Hollywood Reporter]

Supernatural the Anime

I’ve been watching Supernatural on and off since it’s started in 2005.  My dad is a big fan of it so it’s always on in the house.  I also really liked the turn it has taken the past 2 seasons with the whole Hell on Earth situation and the not so angelic Angels.  Because since Supernatural is a show about, well the supernatural, I’m excited about the visual freedom they will have with animation.

Info on Supernatural the Animation via Anime News Network:

“The acclaimed anime studio MADHOUSE (Death Note, Paprika, Vampire Hunter D, Summer Wars) is producing the previously announced 22-episode anime for Warner Brothers. Shigeyuki Miya (Lupin III: Green vs Red, Aoi Bungaku Series, Buzzer Beater) and Atsuko Ishizuka (Aoi Bungaku Series) are co-directing the project. Warner Home Video will ship Supernatural the Animation on Blu-ray and DVD in Japan on one disc on January 12, 2011, followed by two boxes on February 2 and April 6.

The original live-action series follows the Winchester brothers Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) as they hunt creatures and other supernatural phenomena across the American landscape. The series premiered on The WB network in the United States in 2005, and it will enter its sixth season on The WB‘s replacement network, The CW, this fall. Padalecki and Ackles confirmed at Comic-Con International last month that they are contributing to the dubbing of the anime along with their Japanese dubbing counterparts Yuya Uchida (Soul Eater‘s Dr. Franken Stein, Naruto Shippūden‘s Rinji) as Sam and Hiroki Touchi (Trinity Blood‘s Abel Nightroad, Bokurano‘s Kokkpelli) as Dean.”

I think it’s safe to say that it’s gonna be kick ass!  The only problem I have is that Dean Winchester’s isn’t nearly as hot in the anime as he is in real life… but I guess that’s usually the case for things that aren’t real life.


[Source: Anime News Network]