In an interview with The Wrap, Neil Gaiman explained why he thinks Netflix was the perfect home for a Sandman adaptation.
In several moments, the work almost won adaptation in the cinema. However, Neil Gaiman himself kept barring the idea until the right moment came.
“We needed to be in a world where we could take the first two volumes of Sandman and turn them into 10 episodes of a high-quality series.”
“In cinema, the big problem was to tell a 3,000-page story in 120 minutes. It would be like trying to put an ocean in a glass.”
“There wasn’t a way to do a faithful adaptation that way.”
“There was also once a proposal to do a TV version of Sandman that would basically focus on Rose Walker’s adventures, with Morpheus being a minor character who popped in every now and then to say things in her dreams.”
“I said, ‘We’re not going to do this, right?’ Now, we’re in a world where we have Netflix. We also have other streaming services with a budget and a desire to do fabulous things.”
“They’ve been very supportive of us with Sandman and now we have the opportunity to show people what we’ve done.”
Sandman tells the story of Morpheus, also known as Dream. He is captured by a group of occultists who wanted to imprison his sister, Death.
Morpheus remains trapped for decades, until he manages to escape. He then embarks on a journey to restore his full power as the Lord of Dreams.
Sandman arrives on Netflix this August 5th.
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