Once upon a time, Warner Bros. was thinking of making a movie based on Neil Gaiman‘s comic book series Sandman. This confused many people, as Sandman is a wide-ranging collection of stories and characters that does not at all lend itself to a Big Studio Movie. You think Watchmen came out a little wonky? Translating Sandman to the screen makes adapting Watchmen seem like a breeze.

Anyway, the movie didn’t happen, perhaps because the most confused people were at Warner Bros. Neil Gaiman did spend time at one point trying to explain the series to the suits, and commissioned a big suite of images to help get the idea across. Those images are now online. They’re more a slideshow encapsulation of the grand scope of Sandman than true concept art, and those who know the series well will recognize moments from many of the major story arcs from the series’ 75-issue run. Read More »

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This will either be great news or a disappointing report, depending upon what sort of fan you are of Neil Gaiman‘s landmark comic book series Sandman. Do you want to see the stories adapted into a new medium, or not? Last year we heard that Warner Bros. TV was developing a TV series based on the comic, with Supernatural‘s Erik Kripke a top choice to lead the project.

Yesterday a brief interview surfaced in which Mr. Kripke said that the project was dead. Specifically, he said, “Unfortunately, for a lot of varying reasons, Sandman is not in the works, at least for this season. I retain hope that maybe sometime in the future we can resurrect it.”

Now it sounds as if Sandman was never quite dead. Geoff Johns, writer and Chief Creative Officer for DC Comics says that development continues. Read More »

Last year I got depressed when Warner Bros. Television started developing a television series based on Neil Gaiman‘s standard-setting comic book series Sandman. The property had been in film development hell for many years, and seemed well-suited for it. Over the course of seventy-five issues Sandman told a huge variety of stories with the sort of detail and fearlessness that would likely fail to translate to the screen.

There was some slight consolation in the TV development, as Supernatural creator and showrunner (for five seasons, anyway) Erik Kripke was said to be the top choice to get the show going. He seemed like one of the best possible people to make the show work. But now he says it isn’t happening. Read More »

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I can’t tell you how sad I am to see this news. If there is one comic book property I always hoped would remain in development hell, it is Sandman, the series that Neil Gaiman wrote from 1988 to 1996. The series blended horror, fantasy and history with a rotating cast of characters that are some of the most unique and memorable to grace any comics pages. A film version was long in development, and every year that went by without real movement on the Sandman movie was a good year.

But now Warner Bros. TV is in the early stages of developing a TV show based on the series. And I suppose my sadness might go away, or at least lighten, if I was a Supernatural watcher. I know many people who love the show, and the fact that creator Eric Kripke may end up masterminding the Sandman TV show could be the project’s saving grace. Read More »

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