Neil Gaiman’s most famous work is finally making it to the screen.
After various attempts at a film version collapsed at New Line, Netflix and Warner Bros. Television have reportedly come to a deal to adapt Gaiman’s “Sandman” graphic novel into a live-action TV series for the streamer reports The Live Feed.
Sources for the trade say this will be, by far, the most expensive TV series that DC Entertainment has ever done. Allan Heinberg (“Wonder Woman,” “Grey’s Anatomy”) is set to write and serve as showrunner on the straight-to-series project which will go exclusively to Netflix and not the upcoming WarnerMedia streaming service. Gaiman will executive produce alongside David Goyer.
The original Vertigo comic follows Dream (aka. Morpheus), the Lord of the dream world who is held captive for seven decades by an occult ritual. Having escaped, his kingdom has fallen into disrepair in his absence and he sets about changing his old ways – hard for a being who has been around for billions of years.
The series features various elements of mythology, horror, historical events and absurdist humor. Characters include Dream’s siblings such as his gothic punk rocker looking sister Death, his talking animal assistants, and the immortal The Corinthian who has two mouths for eyes.
The property attempted to become a film back at Warners in the 1990s but the 75-issue series featured such elaborate story arcs that it was deemed more suitable for the television format. HBO and “Logan” director James Mangold attempted to develop a series in the early 2000s without much success.
In 2010, “Supernatural” creator Eric Kripke was linked to a potential TV series also set up at Warner Bros. TV but that version fell through. Attempts at a film then took place several years back at New Line with actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt linked, but that version fell apart three years ago.
Netflix and Warners haven’t commented as yet on the new series as a formal deal has not yet closed. An episode count is also not available.