The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that comic book character the Sandman might be on his way to the small screen. I’ve never read the comics so I’m not too familiar with the character. If you guess that he might have something to do with the Sandman that helps you go to sleep and brings you dreams, you’re not far off.
“The Sandman,” the Neil Gaiman-penned comic book series considered a seminal work in the medium, is in the early stages of being developed into a TV series.
Warner Bros. TV is in the midst of acquiring television rights from sister company DC Entertainment and is in talks with several writer-producers about adapting the 1990s series. At the top of the list is Eric Kripke, creator of the CW’s horror-tinged “Supernatural.”
“Sandman” told the tale of Morpheus, the Lord of the Dreaming, a deity who personifies dreams. The book began in the horror realm but quickly made its mark in fantasy and mythology as Gaiman introduced the Endless, a group of powerful brothers and sisters that includes Destiny, Death, Destruction, Despair, Desire and Delirium (as well as Dream).
The book helped establish DC’s Vertigo imprint and won several awards. It also was one of the few comics that segued from the comics crowd, entering the intellectual and art worlds and winning over a large non-comics-reading audience, particularly via a devoted female following.
A movie version of “Sandman” had been in development since the mid-’90s, with an early version involving Roger Avary. That cooled earlier in the decade, with the thinking that to the best way to tackle an adaptation is the TV route. At one point DC was in talks with HBO and James Mangold to develop a show without WBTV’s involvement, but that never coalesced.
Gaiman was not officially involved with the HBO attempt, though he and Mangold held several rounds of talks surrounding characters and story. The author is not involved in the latest development, though because it is early in the process, that could change.
Kripke has been described as interested in tackling an adaptation but cautious because the comic book has such a passionate following and is held in such high regard. It’s the kind of series where each production decision, from casting to script to design, would be scrutinized by devotees.
Still, Kripke managed to create and sustain “Supernatural,” which week in and week out deals with fantasy, mythological and horror elements. He also displayed a certain amount of creative integrity when he stuck to his guns by not returning as showrunner when the network renewed the series for a sixth season after he completed a planned five-season story line.
Kripke is repped by WME and Principato Young.
Again, this is in early stages of development so don’t expect it anytime soon. With it being a ways off, I wonder when, if ever, people will get superhero fatigue. With all the Marvel movies, the reboot of Batman and a Superman sequel, not to mention movies such as Watchmen and Kick-Ass, you’d think the genre would be pretty much tapped. I really don’t see a TV series involving a mostly unknown character succeeding. Superhero shows rarely last long anyway. Smallville is in its tenth year, but that was targeted as more of a teen drama from the start and more the exception than the rule. Previous attempts, like The Flash had little lasting power and Lois and Clark was canceled after 4 seasons. I think we will finally see the death of the movie genre once Marvel starts releasing all their rumored reboots of movies that aren’t even old, like Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, and yet another Hulk.