After a number of aborted attempts over the past three decades, Neil Gaiman’s iconic DC / Vertigo comic book series The Sandman looks like it’s finally heading to the screen courtesy of Netflix.
As reported by Deadline, the streaming service, has granted an 11-episode series order to a TV adaptation from Warner Bros. Television, which has Allan Heinberg (Wonder Woman) attached as showrunner and Gaiman and David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight Trilogy).
“We’re thrilled to partner with the brilliant team that is Neil Gaiman, David S. Goyer and Allan Heinberg to finally bring Neil’s iconic comic book series, The Sandman, to life onscreen,” said Channing Dungey, VP, Original Series, Netflix. “From its rich characters and storylines to its intricately built-out worlds, we’re excited to create an epic original series that dives deep into this multi-layered universe beloved by fans around the world.”
Originally running for 75 issues between 1989 and 1996, The Sandman follows “the adventures of Morpheus, lord of dreams and member of a pantheon of immortal beings called The Endless who personify certain universal concepts that, along with dream, includes death, desire, destiny, delirium, despair, and destruction.”
Goyer was previously attached to a planned feature film adaptation of the comic alongside Joseph Gordon-Levitt, which was announced back in 2013 before Gordon-Levitt’s departure a couple of years later.