Neil Gaiman’s “Sandman” headed for TV?

Well, now.

I don’t normally blog about things coming down the entertainment pipeline, but I’ve been wondering for years if anyone was going to do something with this magnificent story.

Via Hollywood Reporter:

“The Sandman,” the Neil Gaiman-penned comic book series considered a seminal work in the medium, is in the early stages of being developed into a TV series.

Warner Bros. TV is in the midst of acquiring television rights from sister company DC Entertainment and is in talks with several writer-producers about adapting the 1990s series. At the top of the list is Eric Kripke, creator of the CW’s horror-tinged “Supernatural.”

I don’t know anything about Eric Kripke, or “Supernatural”; is this a good thing or a bad thing?

A movie version of “Sandman” had been in development since the mid-’90s, with an early version involving Roger Avary. That cooled earlier in the decade, with the thinking that to the best way to tackle an adaptation is the TV route.

I’d agree with that. A TV series, done right, would be better able to do justice to such a sprawling tale, with all its different settings and moods. Hard to see some of the nightmarish, gruesome stories (“Spread a little happiness,” anyone?) coexisting with the more whimsical Shakespearean ones in the same film. On the other hand, I’d always thought that Johnny Depp would have made a brilliant Morpheus…

Gaiman was not officially involved with [a previous] HBO attempt, though he and [director and screenwriter James] Mangold held several rounds of talks surrounding characters and story. The author is not involved in the latest development, though because it is early in the process, that could change.

I’d definitely feel much better if Gaiman were involved. He’s no slouch in the screenwriting department himself.

Kripke has been described as interested in tackling an adaptation but cautious because the comic book has such a passionate following and is held in such high regard. It’s the kind of series where each production decision, from casting to script to design, would be scrutinized by devotees.

Damn straight.

Interesting news. Let’s see how well this goes.

(h/t AICN; image via Modern Mythology)

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