The Netflix adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s epic comic book classic The Sandman is going to have to wait a while longer to see the light of day. This according to Gaiman himself, who recently explained on his Tumblr account that the production has been postponed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In keeping with a show about the dreamworld we inhabit once we sleep, Gaiman described the show as currently “hibernating.”
“The scripts for the first season are written, casting had started, directors hired, sets were being built. Everything was ready to go into production, and then we moved into a pause. As soon as the world is ready to make TV drama, Sandman will move smoothly back into being made. In the meantime, we are taking the opportunity to get the scripts as good as we can.”
Honestly, The Sandman is simply in the same boat as every other television and film production right now. Hopefully, it won’t be more than a few months before they can get the ball rolling again. It’s interesting to note that casting is apparently underway; we have heard nothing about a potential actor to fill the role of Morpheus. Hopefully we’ll discover who is going to rock that Robert Smith from the Cure hairdo sooner rather than later, even if filming is delayed.
An adaptation of Sandman has long gestated in Hollywood. One version a few years back was going to be a feature film starring Joseph Gordon Levitt. Fans always wanted a long-form television adaptation instead however, as the mythology of The Dreaming that Gaiman created is too intricate and complex for a two hour film. The series is being showrun by Allan Heinberg, who created Marvel’s Young Avengers comic book series, as well as co-wrote the Wonder Woman film. Joining him will be The Dark Knight and Man of Steel’s David S. Goyer.
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