Today in news that many of us thought would never come, Neil Gaiman’s epic mythology Sandman is finally being turned into a TV series. No, we promise you’re not dreaming.
Comic book legend Gaiman, whose also written Stardust, American Gods and Coraline, is set to executive produce alongside David Goyer, known for his work on The Dark Knight, Man of Steel and the Blade series.
Allan Heinberg, of Wonder Woman and Grey’s Anatomy fame, has been brought on as showrunner and writer.
The new series comes on the heels of Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s Amazon Prime series and quirky fantasy Good Omens, which has been ranking high on our weekly TV power rankings and got some flack from a very confused religious group last month.
But the details on Sandman are still slim. No word yet on how many episodes will air, or when its set to start streaming, though we’re sure waiting with bated breath.
Sandman is a beloved classic for comic fans, as it melds fantasy and folklore with horror to tell the timeless tale of Morpheus, “The Lord of Dreams,” and six other beings who personify different elements of the universe. The comic ran for a whopping 75 issues from 1989 to 1996.
But Gaiman’s writing has been notoriously difficult to adapt to screen, which we can see in the treacherous process to produce American Gods for Starz.
Sandman, in particular, is known for getting stuck in decades-long development limbo. There have already been a wealth of prior attempts to adapt Sandman that reach back to the 1990s, when Warner Bros. tried its hand at a film series that stalled. In 2013, Joseph Gordon-Levitt was set to direct and star in a one-off Sandman movie that never achieved liftoff. Most recently, a 2016 movie attempt fell apart when screenwriter Eric Heisserer nixed the project, saying the books would work better on TV.
We’ll soon find out if Heisserer was right if all finally goes well.