Neil Gaiman gives update on Netflix's Sandman series
Production is ready to resume once the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.
Author Neil Gaiman has given fans an update on the status of Netflix’s highly-anticipated adaptation of his acclaimed graphic novel The Sandman.
Production on the streaming giant’s adaptation has been halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Gaiman revealed in a recent Tumblr post that everything had been going according to plan and is ready to go again once restrictions are lifted.
“The scripts for the first season are written, casting had started, directors hired, sets were being built. Everything was ready to go into production, and then we moved into a pause.”
“As soon as the world is ready to make TV drama, Sandman will move smoothly back into being made...we are taking the opportunity to get the scripts as good as we can.”
The Sandman, which follows the Dream King Morpheus and his siblings The Endless through the world of Dreaming, has quite famously had a very long road to the screen with talk of a possible film or TV series going all the way back to the late 1990s.
Several directors have tried and failed to get the project off the ground including Tarantino collaborator Roger Avery, actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Supernatural creator Eric Kripke.
Netflix officially announced that they had acquired the rights and ordered an 11 episode series in July last year.
Allen Heinberg will write the script and serve as the series showrunner with David Goyer and Gaiman set to join him on co-writing the premiere.
A release date for The Sandman has yet to be confirmed.