Set your TiVo for the Dream King! After years of limbo for a proposed SANDMAN movie, the hugely popular Neil Gaiman fantasy comics series is now in development as a TV series, THR reports. Warners is trying to get the property going, with Supernatural producer Eric Kripke, on the short list to develop.
Up until a few months ago, DC was in talks with HBO and James Mangold to develop a show minus WBTV’s involvement, but that never coalesced.
Gaiman was not officially involved with the HBO attempt, though he and Mangold held several rounds of talks surrounding characters and story. The author is not involved in the new developments, though since it is early in the process, that may change. In fact, securing Gaiman will prove key for the project to go forward.
Kripke has been described as interested in tackling an adaptation but cautious because the comic book has such a passionate following and is held in such high regard. It’s the kind of series where each production decision, from casting to script to design, would be scrutinized by devotees.
Eric Kripke is wise.
SANDMAN is a pillar of Gaiman’s oeuvre and indeed, comics in the ’90s — the fantastic tale of Dream and the Endless won multiple awards has sold hundreds of thousands of copies and is still required reading for girls who want to go Goth, as well as enthusiasts of fine comics literature everywhere. The developments sound very preliminary but are doubtless part of WB’s renewed enthusiasm in all of the DC comics properties.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.