MANILA, Philippines – Fantasy author Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed Vertigo comic book The Sandman is finally getting its own TV series and it’s coming out on Netflix. DC Comics confirmed the news on Monday, July 1.
According to Gaiman, the show’s first season will have 11 episodes.
The first season will be eleven episodes. That's the start of it all. Preludes and Nocturnes and a little bit more. https://t.co/tOlfJ1kS1y— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) July 2, 2019
Netflix will be partnering with Warner Bros. Television to produce the live-action TV series.
According to a Hollywood Reporter report, The Sandman will most likely be the most expensive TV venture DC Entertainment will undertake so far.
Allan Heinberg (Wonder Woman, Grey’s Anatomy) will be The Sandman’s showrunner and writer, while Neil Gaiman and David Goyer will be executive producers.
“We’re thrilled to partner with the brilliant team that is Neil Gaiman, David S. Goyer and Allan Heinberg to finally bring Neil’s iconic comic book series, The Sandman, to life onscreen,” Channing Dungey, Netflix’s original series VP said in a statement, according to Deadline.
“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 beloved by fans around the world.”
“I’m hoping we can make something on television that feels as personal and true as the best of the Sandman comics did. Just set 30 years later than Sandman the comic,” Gaiman said on Twitter.
The Sandman is a 75-issue comic book series on the dark fantasy-mythological tale of Morpheus, the Lord of Dreams, and The Endless, a powerful group of immortal siblings who represent universal concepts, such as Destiny, Destruction, Death, Despair, Dream, Desire, and Delirium.
Neil Gaiman’s works are no stranger to television – the TV adaptation of his novel with Terry Pratchett, Good Omens, premiered in May 2019, and Starz’ American Gods series was renewed for a 3rd season in March 2019. – Rappler.com