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DC FANDOME: Neil Gaiman talks changes to the Netflix Sandman series

August 23rd, 2020 by Marc Comments

Neil Gaiman popped up in the DC Fandome event last night to drop some details and news on the upcoming Netflix adaptation of The Sandman.

The writer described the new series as a “slightly looser, but still faithful adaptation,” of the iconic DC Vertigo series which has been in print constantly for over 30 years.

The writer did previously hint at some changes a few weeks back (here) too.

The series seems to have been in production for forever at this stage (fitting, if you think about it) but hopefully the wheels will begin to turn soon.

“Due to COVID, everything, as with every other piece of television being made around the world has hit the pause button… we’ve taken advantage of our pause button to get the scripts as close to perfect as we possibly could which has been really fun,” Gaiman said.


However, as we’re hearing with other productions such as Ghostbusters: Afterlife, the time is being used to improve on what was already there: “Right now, as the universal pause button is starting to come off, we are starting to cast again,” Gaiman said.

“I’m getting this inspiring and wonderful emails with production designs and places I had only ever seen in the comics before.”

Speaking of the superb Audible adaptation –  if you have a free Audible trial waiting to be used, there’s no higher recommendation from me – Gaiman points out that there will be changes, with the Audio version being the truest one and this version being an updated take on the tale.

“Something that I will say: part of the joy of doing the audio adaptation was going ‘This is going to be the nearest thing we can do to an audiobook of the first three graphic novels’… What we’re doing with Netflix is saying ‘Okay, it’s still going to start in 1916 but the thing that happens in Sandman #1 the point where it starts is not 1888, it’s now.”

“What is that going to do to the gender of characters? What is that going to do to the nature of characters? What is it going to do to the story? That is going to be a delight… it gives us tremendous freedom. If we were doing it now, what would Sandman be? That is very liberating.”

Given that Dream, Death, Destiny and the rest of the Endless are, well, endless, it’s unlikely such trivialities would be important to them, but we trust in Gaiman, so let’s hope he can bring the world of Morpheus to life the way we have waited many, many years for.

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….