Netflix has ordered a series adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s famous comic The Sandman produced by Gaiman and David S. Goyer.
According to multiple sources and official statements, Netflix has signed a “massive financial deal” with Warner Bros. Television to adapt the DC comic book series, which was originally published from 1989 to 1996. Netflix has ordered an 11-episode season, and the producer duo listed above will be co-writing the first episode with Allan Heinberg, who will serve as the showrunner and fellow executive producer.
“We’re thrilled to partner with the brilliant team that is Neil Gaiman, David S. Goyer and Allan Heinberg to finally bring Neil’s iconic comic book series, The Sandman, to life onscreen,” said Channing Dungey, the VP of Original Series at Netflix. “From its rich characters and storylines to its intricately built-out worlds, we’re excited to create an epic original series that dives deep into this multi-layered universe beloved by fans around the world.”
For those unfamiliar, The Sandman is a cult classic series that blends an assortment of legends, historical events, and fiction together into a series of stories featuring the actions and observations of Morpheus, the Dream King. The grim art and storytelling have captured the imaginations of many who have read it, and it will be interesting to see if this new show is a retelling of some of its forgotten tales or a new work altogether. Stay tuned for further updates.