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The Sandman TV Adaptation (Finally) In The Works

Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed Vertigo series The Sandman, whose long and march toward the big screen has repeatedly stalled, is in the early stages of development as a television series.

The Live Feed reports that Warner Bros. Television is acquiring the rights from sibling company DC Entertainment, and is talking with several writers-producers about adapting the seminal comic. According to The Hollywood Reporter blog, Eric Kripke, creator of The CW’s cult-hit series Supernatural, is at the top of the list.

The Sandman, published from 1989 to 1996, became the flagship of DC’s Vertigo imprint, spawning numerous spin-off titles, including The Dreaming, three Death projects and the long-running Lucifer series. Although a critical and commercial success, The Sandman seemed doomed in Hollywood, with a movie adaptation languishing in development since the mid-1990s. At one point DC was in talks with HBO and writer-director James Mangold to develop a TV series, but that effort ultimately went nowhere.

According to The Live Feed, Gaiman isn’t involved in the current development, “though because it is early in the process, that could change.”


  • Coryjameson

    Does everyone know that Gaiman was going to write a 6-Issue miniseries for Sandman's 15th or 20th anniversary but he couldn't come to a deal with DC because they're a bunch of greedy bastards?

  • Jacob

    Isn't it because Gaiman wanted a lot of money (which he's entitled to, with his pedigree and all) and DC didn't want to pay that much?

  • Mr. A

    I guess you never heard of Endless Nights.

  • Tomfitz1

    I wonder if this is going to be a faithful adaptation or loosely based on the series.

    I imagine that they'd have to be careful not to include characters (or refering to –) from DCU.

  • Mjasonturner

    I really, REALLY don't see how this can work.