Warner Developing TV Adaptation of Neil Gaiman's SANDMAN
by Albert Ching, Newsarama Staff Writer
Date: 01 September 2010 Time: 10:01 PM ET
The Sandman, one of the most beloved comic book series of the past 20 years, is in the early stages of development as a television series, as reported Wednesday evening by the Hollywood Reporter.The article states that DC Comics sister company Warner Bros. TV is talking to several producers about handling the adaptation, with Supernatural creator Eric Kripke at the top of the list. As the Hollywood Reporter notes, CW series Supernatural deals with similar genres as Sandman — mythology, horror and fantasy. The article also reports that at this point, series author Neil Gaiman is not yet involved in the project, though that may change. Sandman has been in development as both a feature film and television series in the past, with DC in talks with HBO concerning a possible show up until a few months ago.
Written by Gaiman and illustrated by a variety of artists, The Sandman ran for 75 issues from 1988 to 1996. One of the most critically acclaimed and influential works of its time, the series brought new audiences to comics and inspired the creation of DC's enduring mature readers line, Vertigo. Death, one of the most popular Sandman characters, is making a rare appearance next month in Action Comics #894.