An adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s comic series Sandman has been through various stages of development over the years, but it appears that things might be heating up on a feature film iteration at Warner Bros. The comic, which first launched in 1989, revolves around Morpheus (aka Dream) who is the personification of dreams. Initially captured by a cult ritual and held captive for 70 years, Dream is released in modern day to find his kingdom in disrepair. A new report claims that Warner Bros. has become taken with pitch for a Sandman movie by Man of Steel screenwriter David S. Goyer, with none other than Joseph Gordon-Levitt mentioned in connection with the lead role. Hit the jump for more.
Often times Comic-Con can feel like a mass inundation of marketing. (Avengers! Godzilla!! Hunger Games!!! Dexter!!! Breaking Bad!!!! See! Watch! Buy!) Film and television is so omnipresent, you sometimes forget that it’s a comic convention. The actual comic-related panels tossed aside in small tiny half-filled rooms. It’s ironic that while Comic-Con has grown into a massive event like no other, the actual comic panels remain exactly as fringe as they always were. Which is why it was a breath of fresh air to watch a panel honoring one of the great comic writers, Neil Gaiman, overstuffed with zealous fans lined up for hours outside just as if they were there to see the unraveling of the new X-Men cast.
Gaiman, the genius behind The Sandman series and novels such as Stardust, American Gods and Coraline, was on hand to discuss his career, the success of his newest novel The Ocean at the End of the Lane, the return of Morpheus & The Sandman series and the status on film adaptations of his work. For a full recap of the event, hit the jump.
Neil Gaiman‘s brilliant comic book series The Sandman should probably never be adapted into a movie. Even a TV series would be difficult because the books are so intricately tied to the varied artwork, styles, and tones of the stories. But back in the early 1990s, Warner Bros. wanted to turn The Sandman into a movie even though Gaiman said [via David Hughes' book Tales from Development Hell], it would be “like taking a baby and cutting off both of its arms and one its legs and nose and trying to cram it in this little box, and filling the rest of the box up with meat.” (He does have a way with words) However, he did try to “pitch/explain” Sandman to the studio, and he and artist Jill Thompson drew up some concept art for their pitch. Gaiman has now tweeted the concept art, which was part of a pitch for a Sandman trilogy.
I haven’t read Sandman in a decade, but I can tell from the images that this covers the first graphic novel, Preludes and Nocturnes and maybe some of the second book, The Doll’s House. Hit the jump to check out the artwork, and if you want to read the whole torrid history of The Sandman movie, be sure to pick up Tales from Development Hell.
Though a film adaptation never came to fruition, last September brought news that Neil Gaiman’s seminal comic book series The Sandman may head to television in the form of a series from Warner Bros. and Supernatural creator Eric Kripke. However, at a PaleyFest red carpet event, Kripke had some disappointing news, telling The Live Feed “Unfortunately, for a lot of varying reasons, Sandman is not in the works, at least for this season.” He elaborated that the potential adaptation “just didn’t quite happen this season through nobody’s fault, and hopefully we can do it again in the future.”
So it sounds like there is still hope for those looking to see Gaiman’s favorite comic book get its due diligence on some sort of screen whether it’s big or small. But for now the project won’t be getting off the ground anytime soon. I guess it’s not surprising since a film adaptation was attempted several times since the 90s with no success. Neil Gaiman fans will just have to be a little more patient. Hit the jump for a synopsis of The Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes and Nocturnes.
Update: DC Comics Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns has tweeted a status update on the project. Johns tweets that Gaiman is on board and that development on the series continues. It’s possible that the development simply now continues without Kripke’s participation. Here’s Johns’ tweet:
Correction to world: The Sandman is AWAKE! Psyched to be working with @neilhimself on developing one of the greatest series ever!
Though there had been talk about a film adaptation about the seminal comic book series The Sandman from Neil Gaiman (who also wrote the source material for such adaptations as Coraline and Stardust), but now Heat Vision reports the property is now in the early stages of being developed into a TV show over at Warner Bros. The studio is currently acquiring the rights from DC Entertainment and have already begun talks with various writers and producers for the TV adaptation. Apparently the top choice right now is Eric Kripke, most well known for creating Supernatural, but at the moment author Neil Gaiman is currently not involved with these developments which could create problems down the road. For those unfamiliar with the property you can find story details are after the jump.