Neil Gaiman on Wanting The Sandman as a Television Series

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Vertigo’s adaptation of the Neil Gaiman series Sandman has been through its share hoops. Joseph Gordon-Levitt being the most recent Writer/Director to leave the project after first agreements fell through after all the Vertigo based productions moved to New Line and the script that he, David S.Goyer and Jack Thorne initially started working on. Than screenwriter Eric Heisserer left stating he felt it would be better on as a television format like on HBO.

Now The Sandman creator Neil Gaiman expressed his own opinion on the matter to The Hollywood Reporter while he was promoting his new series American Gods.

Gaiman’s Lucifer title has had great success on FOX, as it adapted quite well for network television audiences, so it would be interesting to see if they will decide this would be the best course for The Sandman.

WHAT HE WOULD DO WITH IT IF HE OWNED THE RIGHTS

If I had control over Sandman,” he emphasizes, “which I do not, because I signed the deal when I was 26, and I knew what I was getting into.”

WHY HE FEELS WARNER BROS. IS SO PROTECTIVE OF THE PROPERTY

“The trouble with Warners, and I don’t blame them for it, is they know that Sandman is one of the jewels in their crown — and they know that with the jewels in your crown, you make movies out of them,” says Gaiman. “And they know they have Batman. ‘We know what we have in Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and Sandman… we just can’t crack Sandman.’ You can’t crack it, because it’s too big!”

HIS HOPES THAT WB NOTICES THE SUCCESS OF HIS OTHER SHOWS LIKE LUCIFER

“I suspect in a weird way, the fact that they took a tiny fragment of Sandman and now it’s one of Fox’s biggest hits might actually convince people to do the classy TV series I’ve been suggesting they do for 15 years now.”

WHY HE FEELS IT’S BEST TO BE ON A TV FORMAT

“For a long time, I’ve been saying with a movie, you’ll have to throw so many things out,” he continues. “Why not take all the things that make [it difficult to adapt], take all the bugs in Sandman, and make them features. The fact that you have 75 issues, plus a whole bunch of stories? You have 80 episodes. That’s a good thing! The fact that you have adult themes and adult things? That’s now a good thing. It will be very strange to take Sandman to TV, but I really do think it’s the most important thing we could do. And I hope if American Gods goes big? Between that and Lucifer, that could help.”

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Eric Curto

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