The Sandman small-screen adaptation will be a grown-up affair.
The highly anticipated Netflix show–based on Neil Gaiman’s award-winning DC Comics series–this week was tagged with a TV-MA rating for language, violence and sex, according to a report on cbr.com. The show also reportedly will contain instances of suicide and self-harm.
The Sandman–developed by Gaiman, David S. Goyer and showrunner Allan Heinberg–stars Tom Sturridge as Dream/Morpheus, the King of Dreams; Gwendoline Christie as Lucifer; Boyd Holbrook as The Corinthian; and Kirby Howell-Baptiste as Death.
The storyline of the 11-episode series reportedly will detail how Dream–one of the seven Endless beings–is captured by the Order of Ancient Mysteries, and then will follow his escape and attempt to restore order to his kingdom of the Dreaming.
The Sandman–expected to debut sometime later this year–is described as a “rich blend of modern myth and dark fantasy” that follows the Dream King as he tries to “fix the cosmic and human mistakes he’s made during his vast existence.”
Gaiman has liked what he’s seen so far of the Warner Bros. Television series. “It feels like Sandman,” he said. “I suspect that if you like Sandman and want to see it on the screen, you’ll like this.”
The Sandman comic book–created by Gaiman, Sam Kieth and Sam Dringenberg–ran for 75 issues from 1989-1996 and earned Hugo, Eisner and Bram Stoker Awards along the way.
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