Neil Gaiman Reveals Progress On ‘Sandman’ Netflix Series

Horror fans have been waiting more than a year for some encouraging news about the Sandman series planned for Netflix.

This last weekend, at the DC FanDome event, that news came–from none other than Sandman creator and writer Neil Gaiman.

Gaiman–part of the “Enter the Dreaming” panel hosted by Yvette Nicole Brown–touched on several aspects of the Sandman mythos, according to Deadline. The author discussed his new comic book series, The Dreaming: Waking Hours, as well as the Audible adaptation of his original Sandman series.

And, of course, Gaiman devoted some time to Season 1 of the Sandman Netflix series. The show–which saw production delayed in April by the COVID-19 crisis–boasts scripts by Allan Heinberg (Wonder WomanGrey’s Anatomy). Gaiman, Heinberg and David. S. Goyer will serve as executive producers.

Gaiman said the first 11-episode season–expected to debut sometime in 2021–is continuing to grind its way to fruition. He said the delay was like “somebody pushed a giant pause button, and we’ve taken advantage of our pause button to get the scripts as close to perfect as we possibly can–which has been really fun.”

Additionally, Gaiman said “we’re starting to cast again. (And) I’m getting these inspiring and wonderful emails with production designs–with places that I’ve only ever seen in the comics before–now being rendered in 3-D.”

Gaiman also revealed a new timeline for the TV series. “What we’re doing with Netflix is saying…it’s still going to start in 1916, but the thing that happens in Sandman No. 1–the point where the story starts–is not 1988,” he said. “It’s now, and how does that change the story? (This) gives us tremendous freedom…That is very liberating.”

Sandman–which enjoyed a 75-issue run in DC Comics–follows the main character of Dream, also known as Morpheus, who rules over the World of Dreams. Dream, one of the Endless, is a being struggling with his place in the universe.

Keep reading Horror News Network for additional updates on the production schedule and casting choices for Sandman on Netflix.

Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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