The most expensive TV series to date based on a DC Comics property dropped its first teaser at the Netflix TUDUM event this weekend – Sandman. The live-action adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s iconic Sandman graphic novels has been trapped in development hell for years, with various film and TV adaptations reaching various stages of development before ultimately coming to nothing.

The first attempts were made in 1991 and were stuck in development hell for many years. In 2013 David Goyer pitched a film adaptation of the series to Warner Bros.

Goyer and Gaiman were set to produce alongside Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who was planned to star and possibly direct. However, Gordon-Levitt exited over creative differences in 2016. Warner Bros. shifted its focus to making the adaption for television. Netflix signed a deal to produce the series in June 2019.

What they were clearly doing wrong before with all the previous attempts were not having the cast’s pronouns front and centre in their cast list. They have fixed that now, so can proceed.

Sandman

The Sandman comic ran from 1989-1996 over 75 issues. In an attempt to catch Death, a cult accidentally summons the mysterious Dream and holds him as their prisoner for over seventy years.

Tom Sturridge leads the cast as Dream/Morpheus. Gwendoline Christie is Lucifer, Kirby Howell-Baptiste as Death, Boyd Holbrook as The Corinthian, Charles Dance as Roderick Burgess, Patton Oswalt as Matthew the Raven, Vivienne Acheampong as Lucienne, and the always lovely Jenna Coleman (She/Her) as Johanna Constantine.

Sandman

The series was originally planned to begin filming towards the end of May 2020, but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In September 2020, Gaiman revealed on Twitter that filming was underway in October. Filming was limited to the United Kingdom to prevent the cast from having to travel in the pandemic.

In August 2021, Gaiman revealed on his Tumblr account that the first season had wrapped filming.

New Line, Netflix and Warner Bros. Television are co-producing with Allan Heinberg (Wonder Woman, Grey’s Anatomy) and David Goyer (Foundation, Batman Begins) on writing duty.

Sandman will be released sometime in 2022.

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