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The Sandman TV Series Stalls

Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman has hit yet another bump in its long and twisted road to the screen.

It was was revealed in September that Warner Bros. Television was negotiating with corporate sibling DC Entertainment to transform the influential Vertigo series into TV drama. But now Supernatural creator Eric Kripke, who was the studio’s top choice to develop the adaptation, says it’s not happening — not any time soon, in any case.

“Unfortunately, for a lot of varying reasons, Sandman is not in the works, at least for this season,” he told The Hollywood Reporter at PaleyFest on Sunday. The adaptation “just didn’t quite happen this season through nobody’s fault, and hopefully we can do it again in the future.”

It’s par for the course for The Sandman, a critical and commercial success that, nevertheless, seems doomed in Hollywood. A move adaptation languished in development throughout the late 1990s, and DC at one point was in talks with HBO and writer-director James Mangold to develop a TV series, but that effort ultimately went nowhere. Likewise, a planned film adaptation of The Sandman spinoff Death: The High Cost of Living stalled again last year following the restructuring of DC and Warner Bros.


  • Sdada

    Good. Does ANYONE think this is a good idea?

  • Wcburns

    I don’t know about anyone else, but I see Sandman as one of those “Shouldn’t be adapted” sort of series. More so now with Watchmen and everything.

    One of the more fascinating parts of Sandman (for me, anyway) was how the series consistently used old (and more often long-forgotten) DCU characters, breathing new life into them within his mythos. This can be used in whatever adaptation is made, but it won’t have quite the same impact, either without at least a roundabout knowledge that it was part of the DC publishing history, or the text that usually accompanied them in the comics.

    They may use this the same way on TV by using characters the mainstream audience may know from cartoons and stuff, who knows. Either way the writing crew would have a lot of work ahead of them.

  • demoncat_4

    sadly figured that once again sandman’s trip to be done in other forms of media would like all the other times wind up skidding off the cliff. though like the idea that the ptb will try again in the future.

  • Dawnell_do

    I was really interested in a Sandman television series, but only if its done right and on HBO or something.