Neil Gaiman has opened up about why it took so long for a live-action adaptation of The Sandman to be done
by Neil Gaiman The Sandman was a comic book series that was published by DC Comics and later Vertigo Comics from January 1989 to March 1996. In a decade that was filled with truly terrible books and poor business decisions by the entire comic book industry, the Gaiman’s story stuck and was perhaps the best thing to come out of the entire decade. Oddly enough, when it comes to the various comic book properties making a live-action adaptation of The Sandman It seemed like an impossible task.
As The Sandman ended its original run, several attempts were made to adapt it for live action. One of the most recent attempts was made by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who eventually abandoned the project. Eventually, a live-action adaptation took the form of a Netflix series that dropped its latest trailer earlier this month. However, it begs the question as to why it took us so long to see some kind of live-action adaptation of the series. On that front, it seems the blame falls as much on Neil Gaiman as it does on the others who tried to adapt it.
While speaking with Total Film, Neil Gaiman discussed previous attempts to adapt The Sandman and how badly most of them probably would have turned out. Specifically, he didn’t want his book to end up with the same reputation as howard the duck:
“I didn’t have faith that we would always get here, but I had faith that the important thing was to stop making bad versions. Once a bad version is done, you never come back from it. It may sound silly, but when I was 14 or 15 years old, my favorite comic was ‘Howard The Duck’. Steve Gerber, Gene Colan, Frank Brunner, satire, madness, glory… I was very excited when I heard that George Lucas was making a movie. And then ‘A New Breed Of Hero’ came out. ‘Howard The Duck’ became a bad joke. I never wanted that to happen to Sandman and I saw scripts that would have made it happen.”
howard the duck was originally a popular character in Marvel Comics, created by Steve Gerber. The character finally got the live-action treatment with Lucasfilm’s howard the duck. The movie bombed so hard at the box office that it effectively wiped out comic book movie adaptations up until Tim Burton’s. bat Man it hit theaters a few years later. While the adaptation didn’t completely ruin the character in the comics, it became what everyone thought of when the character was mentioned. This was clearly a fate that Neil Gaiman hoped to avoid with The Sandman.
Here is the new Netflix synopsis The Sandman:
There is another world that awaits us all when we close our eyes and sleep: a place called Dreaming, where The Sandman, Master of Dreams (Tom Sturridge), gives shape to all our deepest fears and fantasies. But when Dream is unexpectedly captured and held prisoner for a century, his absence sets off a series of events that will forever change both the waking and dreaming worlds. To restore order, Dream must travel through different worlds and timelines to make amends for the mistakes he made during his vast existence, revisiting old friends and enemies, and encountering new entities, both cosmic and human, along the way.
The series stars Tom Sturridge, Gwendoline Christie, Vivienne Acheampong, Boyd Holbrook, Charles Dance, Asim Chaudhry, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Jenna Coleman, Joely Richardson, David Thewlis, Stephen Fry, Patton Oswalt, and Mark Hamill.
Wonder Woman Co-writer Allan Heinberg serves as executive producer, writer, and executive producer for Sandman. In addition to their writing duties, Neil Gaiman and David S. Goyer are also on board as executive producers.
The Sandman It’s coming to Netflix on August 5, 2022. Stay tuned for the latest news on the upcoming series and be sure to subscribe to the Heroic Hollywood YouTube channel for more original video content.