Neil Gaiman provided an update on Netflix’s upcoming Sandman series and revealed that production was ready begin before the coronavirus delay.
Sandman has faced a long and tedious journey to getting the live-action treatment. A Sandman film has been stuck in development hell since the ’90s over at Warner Bros. The Dark Knight Rises star Joseph Gordon-Levitt was notably tapped to direct the film before the project moved over to television.
Last year, it was announced that Netflix nabbed the rights to develop a Sandman series in a massive deal with Warner Bros. Television. Gaiman recently shared on his Tumblr page that work on the series was going very well before the coronavirus put the project on hold like many others:
“It’s going really well, except it’s kind of hibernating right now until people start making TV again. 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. In the meantime, we are taking the opportunity to get the scripts as good as we can.”
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Here is the synopsis for Netflix’s Sandman series:
A rich blend of modern myth and dark fantasy in which contemporary fiction, historical drama and legend are seamlessly interwoven, The Sandman follows the people and places affected by Morpheus, the Dream King, as he mends the cosmic — and human — mistakes he’s made during his vast existence.
Wonder Woman co-writer Allan Heinberg serves as showrunner, writer and executive producer on Sandman. In addition to their duties as writers, Neil Gaiman and David S. Goyer are also on board as executive producers.