Warner Bros. has finally found a home for an adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman. Netflix has signed a massive deal with Warner Bros., making the adaptation the most expensive TV series that DC Entertainment has done.
Originally running 75 issues from 1989 to 1996, Sandman follows Dream as he’s captured and held prisoner for 70 years before escaping and attempting to rebuild his kingdom. The series is famous for Gaiman’s trademark use of anthropomorphic personification of various metaphysical entities, while also blending mythology and history in a horror setting within the DC Universe.
Sandman was attempted as a film since the ’90s with various names attached including Roger Avary, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jack Thorne, and Eric Heisserer. Other TV adaptations have been attempted over the years as well with names attached including James Mangold and Eric Kripke.
Allan Heinberg (Wonder Woman, Sex And The City, Grey’s Anatomy) is set to serve as showrunner in addition to writing the series. Gaiman and David Goyer (Dark Knight Trilogy, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Kickboxer 2) will executive produce.