Neil Gaiman’s award-winning Americana/fantasy/realism novel American Gods (2001) will be made into a television series on HBO (cue angels singing). Rumors of Gaiman’s work such as Sandman and American Gods making its way to the small or big screen have been buzzing around for years and finally some solid decisions have been made.
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.
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?
Alan Ball unveiled the new True Blood comic book at Comic-Con. The first issue is ready and will be available for Trubies at Comic-Con… just another reason for me to sink deeper into depression about not being at Comic-Con. The storyline will be different from the show and there will be a new supe in the series that we haven’t encountered on the show. There will be 6 issues this year, one every month, and Ball said they plan to continue the comic the year after.
If you are like me you are crying yourself to sleep every night because you aren’t at San Diego Comic-Con this year. At the True Bloodpanel Alan Ball showed the Trubies this preview of the second half of this season. It’s pretty much filled with a ton of OMFG moments!
Because I read the books I’m super excited for what it shown at the end of this preview. Don’t worry I won’t ruin it for you all. Alan Ball sure pressed shuffle when he created this season because he has stuff from some of the most recent books, which makes it interesting for SookieStackhouse series lovers like myself (by Charlaine Harris).
Also if you haven’t already check out my most popular post 10 Reasons to Watch True Blood and vote in the poll Which Supe (Supernatural) would you be? Vamp? Were? Shifter? Telepath? Or a Fangbanger… not a supe but Eric is why I had to put that as an option. But looking at the super(naturally) hot Alcide I’m going to have to add Furbanger on there as well!
Be warned there are some spoiler alerts! Watch it much bigger at HBO.
I am a closet fantasy geek… okay okay well not-so-closeted fantasy geek. Whether it’s the Harry Potter, LOTR or His Dark Materials I can’t get enough of the fantasy genre. I also grew up watching HBO (even though I was probably WAY to young to watch things like Oz and certain scenes in the Sopranos and whatnot). You can’t lie HBO dishes out some amazing shows, (Sopranos, Sex and the City, The Wire, Curb Your Enthusiasm, etc. ect.) so when I found out my favorite channel HBO was creating a new show where vampires come “out of the coffin” and live openly with humans I could barely contain my excitement and True Blood did not disappoint!
My fellow Trubies (cult-like True Blood fans) should enjoy this and hopefully I can create some new Trubies!
10 reasons why you should become completely obsessed with all things True Blood:
1. The Concept
True Blood (TB)takes the typical vampire story and adds some extra juice (or blood) to it.TB is set in a small town of Bon Temps (pronounced: Baw Taw) in Louisiana in the not-too-distant future. In the show vampires have “come out the coffin” and co-exist, as best as they can, with humans. This is because of a revolutionary synthetic blood alternative called “TruBlood” created by the Japanese (of course the they invent everything!). Because of TruBlood, and other brands of synthetic blood, vamps do not need to feed on humans anymore, but it doesn’t mean they don’t want to!
2. Socio-Political Allegories
Another reason why I (and you should) love True Blood so much is because it contains a much deeper message about civil rights. The show echoes the racial segregation that has occurred in Americas past and the racism we still see today. We see this amplified in the show by television reports about the pro and anti-vampire debate. The Fellowship of the Sun is a forefront in the anti-vampire movement which the (often shirtless and/or pantsless) Jason Stackhouse gets sucked into in Season 2. These two groups argue whether or not vampires should have the same rights as the living. The overarching issues that vampires face in TB directly relate to the LGBT community or people of color.
3. True Blood Loves the Gays!
TB’s allegories aren’t just about racism but about gay rights as well. There are many parallels on how vamps are treated in the TB world and how gays are treated in our society today, or at least in America. For example, Vermont becomes the first state to legalize human-vampire marriages, ring any bells?
TB also embraces gay characters such as the sassy Lafayette, Pam (yes Pam prefers women) and a host of other current and future vamps. In the books the show is based on many of the vampires are bisexual. Even Eric has dabbled in men a few hundred years back. Not to mention Anna Paquin, who plays Sookie, is bisexual in real life. (She also married Stephen Moyer who plays her vampire boyfriend Bill Compton (how cute is that?!)). True Blood was also nominated by GLADD Media Awards (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) for best drama series.
I have read all 9 of The Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris and I am obsessed about them just as much as I’m obsessed about the show. You can get the books, ebook, download or buy the audiobook , or find it free (illegally) online.
Although based on the books, Alan Ball switches the show up a bit with a few changes. For example in the books Tara is white, so is Lafayette who also dies, the Maryann plot wasn’t as significant in the books, Jason was never in The Fellowship of the Sun, Godric wasn’t Eric’s maker (the readers meet him in the most recent 9th book), and so on.
Another plus about reading the series is you are one step ahead of the other Trubies because you will (roughly) know what is going to happen in the next season(s).
Want to know what was that strange power Sookie to used against Maryann? Why the vamps just can’t get enough of Sookie? Or what happens with the Sookie/Bill/Eric love triangle? Read the books and you’ll find out!
6. The Supes! (short for supernatural)
True Blood is much more than a show (and book series) about vampires. At the end of the 1st season we find out that dog that kept randomly popping up was actually Sam who is a shapeshifter and the 2nd season even had us running to our computers to google what the hell a maenad was. If you read the books you know that the Sookie-verse is filled with the various supes like werewolves, were-panthers, were-tigers, fairies, witches, trolls and more! One of the main characters even turns into a supe (not by choice) and others discover they have some supe blood in them. Don’t worry no spoiler alerts here! If you want to know you can read the book, or just ask me. :)
7. Anything Goes!
Because TB airs on HBO pretty much anything goes. That includes sex and violence and sometimes violent sex lol! According to Sookie (in the book) vamp sex is the best sex, and she has lots of it and who could blame her?!
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8. The Men of True Blood
Ladies and Gents-Who-Prefer-Gents if you aren’t a Trubie now you will be after this. They really don’t need much introduction, their pictures do the talkin’. *fans self*
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True Blood has one of the best marketing campaigns for a TV show I have seen. I could do an entire post on TBs marketing campaign alone. Their creative marketing campaign helped TB‘s Sunday night viewership grow 66% over the course of its first season — which is faster than what the The Sopranos did.
Clever posters: Season 3 has some of my favorite posters some of which are seen below. Check out some of season 2 ads here and this cool poster in an elevator.
HBO created a blood orange flavored Tru:Blood beverage. You can order it here.
True Blood is on Twitter!
The official TB twitter is @TrueBloodHBO but leave it to die hard trubies to make twitter accounts for the characters. The characters, as well as @TrueBloodHBO interact with fans which is always fun. The characters tweet as if they are in the True Blood world. It’s like fan fiction for twitter. To get some TB on your twitter feed follow Sookie, Jason, Bill, Eric, Sam, Tara, Laffeyette, Pam, Jessica, Arlene and Hoyt.
Everyone has a facebook and so does True Blood check it out here.
10. These Vamps don’t Sparkle in the Sun
This is probably the most important reason why you should watch TB. Sorry Twihards, this is clearly a jab at Twilight. These vamps do exactly what they are supposed to do in the sun, die… again lol. Even if you like Twilight, True Blood will still glamour you.
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If you didn’t know already True Blood is starting its 3rd season this Sunday June 13th!!!
Check out some minisodes here and the Ultimate Fan Experience Q&Ahere with a with the producer and cast.