The live-action adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s “The Sandman” seemed doomed for more than 30 years — until the writer ended up serving as a producer on “Good Omens.”
Gaiman was first hired as a producer when Amazon and BBC Studios ordered an adaptation of Good Omens, Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s 1990 co-published novel series of the same name – he has only served as executive producer on other adaptations people and advisors. He has works such as American Gods, Coraline, How to Talk to Girls at a Party and Stardust. It was Gaiman’s leadership in “Good Omens” that led to the successful adaptation of “The Sandman” after many others failed.
“It’s very likely that this will happen,” the author explained in a press room interview at San Diego Comic-Con. “People have been trying to make a Sandman movie for over 30 years. They tried to take 3,000 pages of Sandman and somehow managed to condense it into a two-hour movie, and it never worked.”
The 95-issue Sandman follows Morpheus, the lord of dreams, who is held captive by humans and forced to accept the fact that change is inevitable. Making a live-action adaptation that successfully blends a complex storyline, intricate world-building, and an array of carefully crafted characters such as death, desire, and despair is no easy task for the filmmakers.
“It didn’t happen, and then I had the good sign of the show and everybody suddenly, ‘Oh, he’s not just a writer, we need to stay away from this weird thing as much as possible. He’s a showrunner and he does this, he understands These things, so why don’t we bring him in?
“Good Omens” stars Michael Sheen and David Tennant, angels and demons, respectively, who share an unlikely friendship. The show premiered in 2019 and was renewed for a second season. Gaiman will also serve as the host of Amazon Prime Video’s adaptation of his novel Anansi Boys.
“Then it needs to find [co-showrunner Allan Heinberg], it lived through this golden age of TV streaming. You know, it takes something on the scale of Netflix to say, yeah, this is the CGI budget you need to make this,” he continued. “It all comes together. No part of me would say, “I wish we could do this in 1997,” because we couldn’t do it in 1997. There is no way, but we can do it now. We have, and we are lucky. “
Sandman premieres on Netflix on August 5, 2022. For more, check out our lists of the best Netflix shows and best Netflix movies.