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Holy crap! The Sandman audiobook cast and team are wonderfully exciting

May 24th, 2020 by Marc Comments

While we all wait patiently for this pandemic to end and the ball to get rolling on the Sandman TV series, we have other good news based around the iconic Neil Gaiman character.

A Sandman audiobook will debut this July, the audible release will be narrated by Gaiman himself and feature a truly all-star cast including James McAvoy, includes Riz Ahmed, Justin Vivian Bond, Arthur Darvill, Kat Dennings, Taron Egerton, William Hope, Josie Lawrence, Miriam Margolyes, Samantha Morton, Bebe Neuwirth, Andy Serkis, and Michael Sheen.

But the other great news is that the adventure will be adapted and directed by the legendary Dirk Maggs who has worked with Gaiman on the audiobook versions of his Neverwhere, Stardust, Good Omens, and Anansi Boys. Maggs is also the man behind the amazing BBC Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series, so this is truly in great hands.

David Blum, Editor-in-Chief of Audible Originals, said: “A truly exceptional cast of artists will be bringing this cultural phenomenon to life. We are honored to be working alongside Neil Gaiman and DC to create a truly immersive adaptation that we know fans and listeners will love.” 

By the way, out of the superb cast, the amazing casting of Kat Dennings as Death is utterly, utterly inspired and hopefully they’ll consider her for the TV series too. Just sayin’. But seriously, the whole cast is just superb.

Here is the synopsis for the first instalment, adapting volumes 1-3 of the graphic novel series including Preludes & Nocturnes, The Doll’s House, and Dream Country:

When an occultist attempts to capture the physical embodiment of Death (Dennings) in a bargain for eternal life, he instead mistakenly traps Death’s younger brother Dream (McAvoy), another of the seven god-like siblings known as The Endless who oversee aspects of human existence, including Desire (Bond) and Despair (Margolyes), Destiny, Destruction and Delirium.

After seventy years of imprisonment Dream finally escapes, embarking on a quest to reclaim his lost objects of power and rebuild his kingdom, the world of sleep and imagination called The Dreaming. So begins one of the most acclaimed and successful series of graphic novels ever written.

Oscar winner James Hannigan will compose the original score for the the multi-part audio drama series, which will be released in instalments starting July 15th, 2020.

In related news, Gaiman has also been giving updates on the Netflix series which, by the way, we’re really very excited for, saying that as soon as the current pandemic is over, everything is read to rock.

He had this to say: “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.”

Allen Heinberg is writing and serving as showrunner.

Sandman is one project we have waited a long time for and with Gaiman so connected to the production, we here at FTN towers are very excited to see what Netflix can do.

Dream, also known as Morpheus and other names, who is one of the seven Endless. The other Endless are Destiny, Death, Desire, Despair, Delirium (formerly Delight), and Destruction (also known as ‘The Prodigal’). The series is famous for Gaiman’s trademark use of anthropomorphic personification of various metaphysical entities, while also blending mythology and history in its horror setting within the DC Universe. The Sandman is a story about stories and how Morpheus, the Lord of Dreams, is captured and subsequently learns that sometimes change is inevitable.

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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….