It was announced on Sunday that Netflix had made a deal with Warner Bros. TV to produce a series based on DC Vertigo’s The Sandman, created by Neil Gaiman. The Vertigo comic book premiered in 1988. Under the careful and creative mind of Gaiman, the series won over a fanbase and an entire generation of goth kids with his dark storytelling and fantastical ideas about the world of dreams and the hierarchy therein. The Sandman remains one of Vertigo comics’ best loved, and best-selling titles.
The Sandman series will reportedly run for 10 episodes and will be written by Gaiman and David S. Goyer (Krypton). Allan Heinberg (Wonder Woman, Grey’s Anatomy) will serve as showrunner. Production is expected to begin later this year. There has been no word on any casting at this time.
Here’s the show’s logline, courtesy of Netflix.
A rich blend of modern myth and dark fantasy in which contemporary fiction, historical drama and legend are seamlessly interwoven, The Sandman follows the people and places affected by Morpheus, the Dream King, as he mends the cosmic — and human — mistakes he’s made during his vast existence.”
The move to bring the popular DC comic book series The Sandman to streaming-giant Netflix raises some questions about the sustainability of in-house streaming service, DC Universe, which is home to a good number of DC-related movies and shows, including original programming like Titans and Swamp Thing.
The Sandman has been in development hell for years, with the last known attempt to bring it to screens being a feature film directed by and set to star Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Levitt left the project in 2016, according to The Guardian, and no other action had been taken on the property until now.
Neil Gaiman is coming off a successful run for his Good Omens mini-series, which he created with the late Terry Prachett in novel from in 1990, and Gaiman oversaw for the televised version, writing every episode. Good Omens aired on another streaming service, Amazon Prime, and was a hit amongst both fans and critics.
David S. Goyer has a shaky history with DC comics-based properties, having been a guiding force for The Zack Snyder-verse of films, Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Justice League, but his work on the Syfy series Krypton is top notch, proving that Goyer might be better at episodic TV than he is with feature films.
The Sandman will premiere on Netflix in the future, but we will be following its production every step of the way.
Images courtesy of DC Comics.