There are only a few days left until the arrival on Netflix of The Sandman, the highly anticipated television adaptation of the famous comic series by Neil Gaiman. Initially, the plans included a transposition to the big screen, at the hands of Warner Bros, but in the end it all fell into oblivion. Gaiman himself thought of revealing the reasons for the missed film in a recent interview.
Neil Gaiman on The Sandman’s never-made movie
To the microphones of Jake’s Takes the writer explained that it would be impossible to take all the paper material and turn it into a two-hour movie, turning it into a sort of Superman or Batman-like blockbuster. It was David S. Goyer who proposed an adaptation of The Sandman to Warner and Jospeh Gordon-Levitt should have been the protagonist, and most likely also the director:
“The problem is very simple. They had 3,000 pages of history and they wanted to turn it into a two-hour movie, screwing up everything that made The Sandman interesting and made it work. Unfortunately all of this continued to happen and the scripts were rewritten every time ”.
The first season of The Sandman will consist of 10 episodes and will debut streaming on Netflix on August 5, 2022. This is the official synopsis: 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), shapes all our deepest fears and fantasies. But when Dream is unexpectedly captured and held captive for a century, his absence triggers a series of events that will forever change both the dream world and the waking world. To restore order, Dream must travel across different worlds and timelines to repair mistakes he made during his vast existence, finding old friends and enemies and meeting new entities, both cosmic and human, along the way.
Gaiman closely followed the Netflix adaptation, boarding the creative team. In a past interview he also explained how the comic published by Vertigo and the TV series can easily coexist on the same level, despite being different in some aspects.