It’s happening, people! In a sea of exciting announcements from Netflix Geeked Week, there was one that really made a ripple: the live-action The Sandman series is officially set to release on August 5th, 2022!
Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman is one of the most highly praised comics in existence, so it’s no surprise that Netflix is soon to have a live-action adaptation coming out of the woodwork. Originally published by DC Comics: Vertigo in 1993, The Sandman was deemed unfilmable for years, but Netflix has finally cracked it!
Centring around the character of Morpheous (also known as Dream, Lord Of Dreams, or the Sandman), one of seven siblings in a family known as The Endless, who commands the Dreamworld, also known as ‘the Dreaming’ – a place which mortals enter during sleep. He ensures its safety, upkeep and proper function. However, when Morpheous is captured by an occultist demanding power and immortality, his absence causes the Dreaming to fall into disarray, opening an outpouring of chaos that transcends the world of dreams and bleeds violently into reality.
First off, let’s alleviate the fears of not being able to recognise the source material. While Netflix’s The Sandman will undoubtedly explore new territory, the series is said to remain faithful to the essence of the original. The series will consist of 11 hour-long episodes that will cover the first two and a half volumes of the comic book: Preludes & Nocturnes, The Doll’s House and half of Dream Country. Of course, this barely scratches the surface in terms of the source material – so what about the rest? Well, the idea here is to complete the entirety of The Sandman series over multiple seasons as a long term goal, which is ambitious given how extensive the source material is. However, it’s been assured that precautions have been put in place should Netflix pull their classic trick of cancelling the series halfway through. So, with this assurance, we can be confident that this series will likely end with a juicy cliffhanger to set up the following season.
We also know that Neil Gaiman has been heavily involved in the process, stating in an interview with Entertainment Weekly that he was frequently present on set and would review every single iteration of the script, spending a great deal of time “noodling with Morpheus’s dialogue’”. Gaiman’s distinctive character voices have been a standout feature of the comic book, so his involvement in creating the new The Sandman script gives us high hopes for the faithful depiction of their live-action counterparts.
Given that The Sandman is set within the DC Universe, we can also expect several classic DC cameos alongside our favourite members of The Sandman’s original cast. Not only that, we’ll likely get numerous nods to prominent DC locations, such as Gotham City and Arkham Asylum, and some of their most famed habitants. With these entertaining little easter eggs appearing regularly in the Sandman comics, we’ll likely get to have as much fun searching for them in the series as well!
In terms of actually portraying these characters on screen, Netflix has a star cast lined up for the job, with Tom Sturridge as Morpheus, Gwendoline Christie as Lucifer, Charles Dance as Roderick Burgess and Stephen Fry as Gilbert – and that’s just to name a few!
Provided the funding behind The Sandman series has been spent wisely (which, judging by how amazing the teaser trailer looks, we can probably be assured that it has), we can expect a very high-quality show from Netflix. With a jaw-dropping budget of $15million per episode, The Sandman has officially broken the record for the most expensive show ever produced by DC Entertainment. Now, we know that budget isn’t everything when it comes to creating quality work. But with a story as fantastical as this, high production value certainly helps. Let’s hope that each $15millon hour actually feels like a $15million hour, y’know?
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