At the Paramount panel at Comic-Con International in San Diego, Neil Gaiman was there with Stardust writer Jane Goldman, and when it went to the audience for questions, one of the fans asked him if they’ll ever see a movie based on his groundbreaking comic book The Sandman.
“I’ve been saying since 1991, I’d rather see no ‘Sandman’ movie than a bad ‘Sandman’ movie made,” Gaiman replied. “I think the time of a good ‘Sandman’ movie is getting closer. With luck, we’ll see the ‘Death’ movie first ’cause that’s small and cheap and I’m going to direct it. [A 'Sandman' movie] needs someone with the passion of a Peter Jackson for ‘Lord of the Rings’ or Sam Raimi on ‘Spider-Man’ to get the film through Warner Bros.”
When the fan suggested that he’d love to do it, Gaiman thought that it would be a good idea to get a bunch of fans and “lock you in a room with knives and the one that comes out gets to make ‘Sandman.’”