In 2019, Netflix announced it was adapting Neil Gaiman's beloved Sandman comic series into a live-action show. The adaptation garnered an 11-episode order, and well-known stars like Gwendoline Christie, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Jenna Coleman, Stephen Fry, Patton Oswalt, and others are attached to the project. Tom Sturridge will play Dream, the Lord of the Dreaming, whom the story centers around. Dream is one of Death's siblings.
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Gaiman is executive producing alongside David Goyer, who’s known for his work on the Blade Trilogy, as well as The Dark Knight and Man of Steel.
The first teaser for Netflix's The Sandman has finally arrived. Get your first look at live-action Dream below!
Neil Gaiman was originally approached about turning this DC comic book series into a film back in 1991. This work had many script adaptations and false starts.
Gaiman told fans at a 2007 San Diego Comic Con panel that he would “rather see no Sandman movie made than a bad Sandman movie.” It would go on to be pitched to HBO by Logan’s James Mangold, and subsequently Supernatural’s Eric Kripke, but neither adaptation made it to fruition.
Ultimately, though, this led to the Netflix adaptation, spearheaded by Allan Heinberg of Wonder Woman and Grey's Anatomy fame.
Neil Gaiman is no stranger to screen adaptations. Some of the many adaptations of his work include films of Coraline and Stardust, and small-screen adaptations of American Gods and Good Omens.
The Sandman teaser trailer depicts Roderick Burgess (Charles Dance), a warlock and the antagonist of The Sandman, working to summon and imprison Death. He does this by offering a coin made from a stone, a feather pulled from an angel’s wing, and the blood from his veins.
A being is summoned, and Roderick crouches beside the pale, cloaked figure, asking, “Which one have I got?”
He receives his simple answer: “Dream.”
With Death's sibling imprisoned, Roderick receives a chilling warning: “You’re gonna need all the help you can get.”
Netflix has not yet given a release date for the series, but that just means that we have time to read the comics before the show is released!
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