Neil Gaiman categorically denies allegations that Netflix’s production of “The Sandman” has been canceled before it has even aired. Attempts to adapt Gaiman’s fantasy graphic novel to the big screen have lingered in development hell for more than three decades, with the majority of them aiming at the big screen. With David S. Goyer and Gaiman producing and Eric Heisserer revising a script, the most recent cinematic attempt had Joseph Gordon-Levitt scheduled to produce, maybe direct, and star as “The Sandman“, but it finally broke apart owing to creative disputes between Warner Bros. and Gordon-Levitt.
After HBO passed on the idea due to the bigger budget required, Netflix secured a contract with Warner Bros. to create the series for an 11-episode season in mid-2019. Season one would adapt the “Preludes & Nocturnes” and “The Doll’s House” tales with minimal adjustments to modify for a current context, according to Gaiman, Goyer, and Allan Heinberg. Gwendoline Christie, Vivienne Acheampong, Boyd Holbrook, Charles Dance, Asim Chaudhry, Sanjeev Bhaskar, and Patton Oswalt star opposite Tom Sturridge in The Sandman as the title character.
While fans wait for the premiere date, one fan took to Twitter to query Neil Gaiman about speculations that Netflix’s “The Sandman” will be canceled. The author responded with a harsh denial of these allegations, stating that because no premiere date has been published, some people are assuming the program has been canceled, which he finds “hilarious.” Below is Gaiman’s response:
Because we haven’t yet announced the launch date? That’s hilarious. https://t.co/1W8mwDvCuz
— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) March 21, 2022
Despite the fact that reports of Netflix canceling “The Sandman” before it even airs appear to be buried in a more cynical corner of the internet, it’s reasonable that some people are skeptical about the project’s future. As previously stated, Warner Bros. has attempted and failed to adapt Gaiman’s graphic novels for the cinema on multiple occasions, with budgetary issues and creative orientations serving as the primary catalysts for their failures. Furthermore, with Starz’s adaptation of Gaiman’s American Gods being canceled after only three seasons due to years of behind-the-scenes development issues and Netflix pouring large sums of money into the canceled live-action Cowboy Bebop and The Witcher universe, it’s understandable that there may be some reservations about reviving “The Sandman”.
Despite this, Gaiman has remained optimistic about Netflix’s adaptation of “The Sandman” throughout its production. Gaiman was involved with the show throughout its development, being more hands-on than American Gods but less so than Amazon’s hit Good Omens series. In a behind-the-scenes video for the upcoming series, Gaiman praised the production design put into adapting his fantasy world and the writer’s room’s ability to authentically capture his voice. When “The Sandman” comes on Netflix later this year, only time will tell if the series has a future.