the sandman series

Neil Gaiman‘s acclaimed comic book series The Sandman was a feat of visual storytelling, and one that seems impossible to bring to the screen. But Netflix is sure going to try, and we have Gaiman’s blessing and enthusiastic assurances that they will pull it off. The writer has revealed some new details about The Sandman Netflix series, including the storylines and DC superheroes that season 1 will include, and promises that the series will be as “scary” as the comic book series it’s adapting.

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Netflix’s The Sandman may have found its Dream, but with that comes at least one chilling nightmare. /Film has learned that The Sandman is considering two actors to play The Corinthian, a rogue nightmare created by Morpheus that escapes to Earth and becomes a dangerous serial killer. Liam Hemsworth and Dacre Montgomery are apparently among the top choices to play The Corinthian, one of the major villains of The Sandman.

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Netflix has found its Dream choice for the lead of its highly anticipated adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s The SandmanVelvet Buzzsaw and Far From the Madding Crowd actor Tom Sturridge is reportedly in talks to star as Morpheus, the title character and the anthropomorphic personification of Dream in Netflix’s The Sandman series, based on Gaiman’s groundbreaking graphic novel series.

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Sandman Audio Drama

The Sandman was one of those groundbreaking comic book properties that has long eluded Hollywood. But nevertheless, Neil Gaiman‘s surreal, fantastical graphic novel series would leave its mark on pop culture since its publication in 1989, and continues to do so today with the writer continually returning to his beloved series, first to write new adventures for Morpheus, the anthropomorphic personification of Dream, then to help develop the audio and live-action adaptations of The Sandman.

As The Sandman readies itself for its first-ever live-action adaptation with Netflix, Gaiman got together with The Sandman audio drama director Dirk Maggs, The Dreaming: Waking Hours writer G. Willow Wilson, and longtime Sandman fan and audio drama star Michael Sheen (who, in his own words, voices “Lucifer as played by David Bowie”) discuss the legacy of The Sandman comic book series at a DC FanDome panel moderated by Yvette Nicole Brown.

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When The Sandman was initially published in 1989, Neil Gaiman‘s horror-fantasy comic series was praised as a groundbreaking piece of art, aided by the surreal and often unnerving illustrations by Sam Kieth, Mike Dringenberg, Jill Thompson, Shawn McManus, Marc Hempel, and Michael Zulli. The story of the anthropomorphic personification of Dream as he returns to his realm after a decades-long imprisonment was striking in its blending of reality and fantasy — and a fair few DC characters, beloved and otherwise — set against the gritty contemporary backdrop of the ’90s. But what would The Sandman look like if it were updated to the 2020s? That’s what Netflix’s The Sandman adaptation will find out, according to Gaiman, who revealed that the 11-episode series will update the story’s late ’80s and early ’90s setting.

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Taking on the role of Morpheus in The Sandman is a daunting task for any actor. It’s not just because the character has never been seen beyond the comic book page before, nor because it’s hard for any human actor to try to put themselves into the role of an immortal, anthropomorphic personification of Dreams. For James McAvoy, who plays the lead character in the Sandman audio drama for Audible, it was particularly difficult to play a character who was so inhuman and so silent — two very difficult elements to convey across the medium of audio. But McAvoy was up for the challenge, and up for the honor of being the first actor to ever portray Morpheus in an adaptation.

“Personally what I love about Gaiman’s writing [is not only] the strange fantastical worlds, but actually characters that you can identify with,” McAvoy said in a roundtable press conference over the phone ahead of the release of The Sandman audio drama. “Even if they are the lords of the Dream Realm and they’re not strictly human, there’s just something that compels you and brings you into them.”

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the sandman audio drama

It seemed like an adaptation of The Sandman was trapped in development hell for nearly as long as the titular personification of Dream was imprisoned by his captors in Neil Gaiman‘s acclaimed graphic novel series (okay, that was 70 years, but the point still stands). Multiple attempts have been made to bring Gaiman’s weird, fantastical world to the big screen, with Warner Bros. periodically planning adaptations throughout the ’90s, and writers like Roger Avary, David S. Goyer, Jack Thorne, and Eric Heisserer coming and going, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt at one point set to take on the role of Morpheus. But all those attempts had fallen through, until it seemed like The Sandman was doomed to “unadaptable” status, like so many others.

Then, along came a new decade and we have not one, but two Sandman adaptations on their way. But curiously, the first-ever adaptation of The Sandman wouldn’t be a screen adaptation as fans had long expected, but an audio drama adaptation on Audible directed by renowned audio director, and frequent Gaiman collaborator, Dirk Maggs.

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the sandman audio drama

The Sandman was a groundbreaking comic book series when Neil Gaiman‘s surreal and disturbing saga of the adventures of the anthropomorphic personification of Dream launched in 1989. A horror-fantasy series that reimagined the mythical character from folklore as a pale, moody figure with a shock of black hair, The Sandman was one of the most visually arresting comics out there, and remains so to this day. So how do you take such a visually striking story and turn it into an audio drama?

By going back to the source.

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