‘Sandman’ Netflix Project Delayed Due To COVID-19

The Sandman has been forced into an unwanted sleep mode, thanks to the Coronavirus crisis.

The TV adaptation of the enormously popular comic book, The Sandman, created by Neil Gaiman, is on hold for an unspecified period of time, according to comicbook.com.

The Sandman TV series is a joint production of Netflix and Warner Bros. Television. Alan Heinberg is writing the screenplay and is also serving as executive producer, along with Gaiman and David S. Goyer. Cinematographer George Steel recently was added to the creative team.

It was reported that the much-anticipated TV series was all set to go to production when the virus pandemic gummed up the works.

Gaiman seemed optimistic, despite the temporary setback, saying things are “going really well, except it’s kind of hibernating right now until people start making TV again.”

He added that the scripts for the first season are written, casting has started, directors have been hired and sets were being built.

“Everything was ready to go to production,” he said, “and then we moved into a pause.” As soon as things are back on an even keel, Gaiman said “Sandman will move smoothly back into being made.”

In the meantime, he added, “we are taking the opportunity to get the scripts as good as we can.”

Channing Dunvey, Vice President of Original Series for Netflix, said in a statement that he is “thrilled” with the project. “From its rich characters and storylines to its intricately built-out worlds, we’re excited to create an epic original series that dives deep into this multi-layered universe.”

As comic book fans know, The Sandman scenario deals with Dream, a being struggling with his place in the universe. The Sandman, as explained, “follows the people and places affect by Morpheus, the Dream King, as he mends the mistakes he’s made during his vast existence”.

The first season of The Sandman, which will have 11 episodes, is expected to start sometime in 2021.

Keep reading Horror News Network for the exact programming schedule for The Sandman on Netflix. Pleasant dreams!

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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