The widely popular and cult favorite comic book series “The Sandman” from Neil Gaiman is getting a TV show on Netflix. The streaming platform has ordered the show with producer and writer Allan Heinberg as the showrunner.
Heinberg has written episodes for “Grey’s Anatomy” and was part of the “Wonder Woman” production. Gaiman will also write and executive produce “The Sandman” along with David S. Goyer.
Gaiman, Heinberg and Goyer will work together to produce the pilot episode. The series will have 10 episodes total with the potential of increasing to 11, per Deadline.
Attempts to develop “The Sandman” into a TV show has been done several times before but it failed to take off and come to production. With Netflix behind the project, fans are hopeful that the adaptation will deliver.
Logline: 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.
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.
“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,” said Channing Dungey, VP, Original Series, Netflix. “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 in a post on Twitter.