Neil Gaiman promises Netflix Sandman series will remain faithful to comics
Since it’s announcement in July, anticipation has been through the roof for Netflix’s series adaptation of the classic Vertigo comic character The Sandman. Creator of the character Neil Gaiman has promised that his team is working hard to faithfully bring the story to the screen.
In an AMA session on Reddit (via CBR), the 58-year-old author not only assured fans that the adaptation would remain faithful in spirit to the source material, but that it would also follow the comics’ story properly. Wonder Woman co-writer Allan Heinberg will serve as showrunner with both Gaiman and David Goyer executive producing.
There have been countless attempts to turn the seminal Sandman comics into live-action adaptations before, dating back into the 90s when the series began. Recently Joseph Gordon-Levitt was attached to star in and direct a feature film adaptation at WB’s New Line Cinema before that version failed to materialize.
Sandman, which launched DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint, ran for 75 issues beginning in 1989. Gaiman’s worlds-within-worlds weaved an episodic anthology, focusing on the allegorical character of Dream and his brothers and sisters, known as the Endless (Death, Desire, Despair, Delirium, Destruction and Destiny).
The Sandman series adaptation marks another high-profile comic adaptation for Netflix, which already has Dark Horse’s Umbrella Academy in production on a second season along with many Mark Millar works like The Magic Order & Jupiter’s Legacy.