Warner Bros. TV is in talks with several writer-producers about adapting Neil Gaiman’s award-winning 1990s comic series “The Sandman” into a feature film reports Heat Vision. At the top of the list is Eric Kripke, creator of The CW’s “Supernatural” who stepped back as showrunner after the fifth season finished this past May.
‘Sandman’ 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 in the 1990’s but the 75-issue series featured such elaborate story arcs that the property was deemed more suitable for the television format. HBO and James Mangold attempted to develop a series last decade without much success.
Kripke is apparently interested in this new attempt but cautious due to the comic’s passionate following and the major acclaim it received in critical, artistic and intellectual circles far outside the comic genre. This will be a property that will be heavily scrutinised at every level and many wonder if it can be done at all.
The next work by Gaiman (“Stardust,” “Coraline”) to hit the screen will be one of the early episodes of next season’s “Doctor Who” he scripted which will likely air just after Easter next year.