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What changes we can expect for the Sandman Netlfix series and when it will start filming

July 26th, 2020 by Marc Comments

While we’re currently listening to Audible’s amazingly good Sandman audio adventure, we can’t help but get excited about the Netflix TV series that’s on the horizon.

We know that it’s happening, we know that creator Neil Gaiman in overseeing it – although he has said that there will be tweaks to the source material, with certain characters’ genders being considered at the minute as he’s looking at it as if he wrote it today: “For Netflix right now, people have tried making some movies and TV adaptations for 30 years, and actively tried making them for 25 years, and they’ve never worked.”

He also said that the audio series is the spot-on adaptation of the source material, while the TV series will deviate in places.

For example, he said that the series will be set in 2021 rather than the 1980s when the original took place and this will be reflected in the story: “The Netflix version is going to begin in 2021, so Morpheus will have been kept prisoner in the Netflix version for 105 years rather than 70 years.”

He also explained that, despite the Sandman having several failed movie attempts over the years, this type of episodic storytelling is where the series will finally be done justice: “For Netflix right now, people have tried making some movies and TV adaptations for 30 years, and actively tried making them for 25 years, and they’ve never worked,” Gaiman said.

“And they never worked because of all the special effects and what would be needed to do the special effects. They never worked because you were making something that was adult. People would write Sandman movie scripts, and they go, ‘But it’s an R-rated movie, and we can’t have $100 million R-rated movies.’ So, that wouldn’t happen. You needed to get to a world in which long-form storytelling is an advantage rather than a disadvantage.

“The technology wasn’t there. The budget wasn’t there. The audience wasn’t there. The delivery systems weren’t there. The idea of going off and doing Preludes & Nocturnes and The Doll’s House as our first 10 episodes, nobody would’ve let us do that. The world wasn’t ready. So, it’s ready now. They caught up with us.”

As for when we will see the series, it’s still set for a 2021 release with screenwriter David S Goyer saying tonight at Comic-Con@Home that it was delayed due to that damned virus but it’s aiming for filming to begin in October this year.
So there you go, first details on the Sandman series… are you excited? Let me know.

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….